Incubus' '8' Is No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

Brantley Gutierrez


The band's eighth studio album debuts with 52,000 equivalent album units.

Incubus opens atop Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated May 13) for the third and second time, respectively, as its eighth studio set 8 debuts with 52,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Of that sum, 49,000 are from pure album sales, which marks the band's best sales week since its last LP, 2011's If Not Now, When? opened with 80,000 copies sold. In between the two sets, the band released a live album, 2012's HQ Live, as well as an EP, 2015's Trust Fall (Side A).

Incubus last led the two charts with When?, while the band earned its first Top Rock Albums No. 1 with 2006's Light Grenades.

The new record also starts at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200, marking Incubus' sixth top five and seventh top 10, dating back to its first, 2001's No. 2-peaking Morning View.

8 has also generated Incubus' best success on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart in a decade. Lead single "Nimble Bastard" has reached No. 5 on the ranking, marking the group's first top 10 since "Anna-Molly," which rose to No. 4 in January 2007. The band first appeared on Mainstream Rock Songs with 1999's No. 7-peaking "Pardon Me," its first of seven top 10s.

The song has also hit No. 22 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, where Incubus has notched four No. 1s: "Drive" (eight weeks, 2001), "Megalomaniac" (six, 2004), "Anna-Molly" (five, 2006-07) and "Love Hurts" (three, 2009).


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