Sturgill Simpson & Ace Frehley Highlight Rock Album Chart Debuts

Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide To Earth
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"A Sailor's Guide To Earth" by Sturgill Simpson.

Simpson snags his first Top Rock Albums No. 1 & Frehley his second Hard Rock Albums topper.

Sturgill Simpson and Ace Frehley lead a stacked list of artists older and newer debuting in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated May 7).

Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth arrives as his first No. 1 on the chart, with 52,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set bows atop six albums charts in all; alongside Top Rock Albums, it rules Top Country Albums, the Americana-based Folk Albums chart, Vinyl Albums, Tastemaker Albums and Top Current Albums.

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Simpson makes his first foray onto Top Rock Albums (he previously charted on Top Country Albums), while the set's Nirvana cover "In Bloom" and lead single "Brace for Impact (Live a Little)" rank at Nos. 37 and 48, respectively, on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

Elsewhere, Frehley earns his second No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, as Origins, Vol. 1, the former Kiss guitarist's new solo LP, debuts with 16,000 sold. The all-covers album, which features former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Slash, among others, follows Space Invader, which reached No. 1 in September 2014. Origins also starts at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums and No. 23 on the Billboard 200, where it's Frehley's fourth top 40 album, dating to his first, his 1979 self-titled debut.

Additionally on Top Rock Albums, Santana starts at No. 2 with Santana IV (40,000). It's the veteran act's fifth top 10 on the chart (which began in 2006) and follows the 2014 No. 1-peaking Corazon. The new album is the first to feature the group's early 1970s lineup since 1971's Santana III and marks Santana's best sales week since 2010's Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, which began with 66,000.

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At No. 7 on Top Rock Albums, PJ Harvey debuts with The Hope Six Demolition Project (9,000), her ninth studio effort and first since 2011's Let England Shake. The new album is also the highest debut of the week on Alternative Albums, launching at No. 4, marking her best rank on the survey (besting the No. 6 high of England).

Finally, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame makes his maiden Top Rock Albums appearance with new solo record This Path Tonight at No. 10 (7,000). The set also enters at No. 93 on the Billboard 200, becoming Nash's highest-charting solo album since 1974's No. 34-peaking Wild Tales.


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