Blue October Finds 'Home' Atop Top Rock Albums Chart

Blue October Home 2016
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The cover of "Home" by Blue October.

The band's eighth studio album becomes its second No. 1.

Blue October bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated May 14) as Home, its eighth studio set, debuts with 21,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The release is the Texas quintet's second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, following sixth studio LP Any Man in America, which opened on top on Sept. 3, 2011 (with 27,000 sold). Home also starts at No. 1 on Alternative Albums, where it's the band's third leader, following America and 2013's Sway (24,000).

Concurrent with its album chart arrivals, Home's title track enters at No. 41 on Hot Rock Songs, where it's the group's first appearance since 2011, as well as its highest rank to date, besting 2009's "Say It" (No. 44).

Blue October scored its biggest hit single with 2006's "Hate Me," which rose to No. 2 on Alternative Songs and No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

CANDLEBOX REAPPEARS: The other top 10 debut on Top Rock Albums this week belongs to Candlebox, whose Disappearing in Airports starts at No. 9 (6,000 sold). That's the band's highest rank on the chart, besting the No. 13 placement of Into the Sun in 2013. (Top Rock Albums began in 2006, after the acts' mid-'90s prime.)

The new set also debuts at No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 6 on Alternative Albums, eclipsing the band's previous peaks of Nos. 7 and 9, respectively.

The new album's lead single, "Vexatious," has reached No. 34 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It's the band's first title on the ranking in nearly eight years, since "Stand" rose to No. 15 in 2008. Candlebox has notched five top 10s on Mainstream Rock Songs (which began in 1981), rising highest with "It's Alright" (No. 2, 1998).


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