Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:
— Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams – No. 11 — Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats notch their second top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 as the group’s second full-length studio set, Tearing at the Seams, bows at No. 11. (It also launches at No. 1 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart.) The title earned 30,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music, and of that sum, 27,000 were traditional album sales — the band’s best sales week yet. The set was led by the single “You Worry Me,” which is in its seventh week at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.
— Three Days Grace, Outsider – No. 24 — Three Days Grace collects its fifth top 40-charting album, and sixth entry overall, as Outsider bows at No. 24. The set earned 17,000 equivalent album units, with 15,000 of that sum in traditional album sales. It’s the sixth studio effort from the band, and all six have reached the tally. It follows Human (No. 16, 2015), Transit of Venus (No. 5, 2012), Life Starts Now (No. 3, 2009), One – X (No. 5, 2006) and the act’s self-titled debut (No. 69, 2004). Outsider also launches at No. 3 on Hard Rock Albums, No. 3 on Alternative Albums, No. 6 on Top Rock Albums and No. 7 on Top Album Sales.
— Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct – No. 42 — The former No. 1 album bounds back onto the list (13,000 units; up 380 percent) thanks to sales registered from a ticket/album sale redemption offer for the next U.S./Canadian leg of the band’s WorldWired Tour. It’s expected that Hardwired will vault back into the top 10 on the next chart (dated March 31), as more redemption sales pour in.
— MercyMe, I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe – No. 99 — The greatest hits package zooms 118-99 with 7,000 units (up 11 percent) following the theatrical debut of the film I Can Only Imagine on March 16. The biographical movie is inspired by the story behind MercyMe’s hit song, “I Can Only Imagine,” and the songwriter behind the track, the band’s Bart Millard. On the Top Christian Albums chart, the best-of set already hit No. 1, marking the act’s 11th chart topper.
— Nightwish, Decades – No. 119 — The rock group’s compilation album debuts at No. 119 and at No. 3 on the Vinyl Albums chart. The set was a hearty performer on vinyl as 41 percent of the set’s total first-week sales (nearly 3,000 of 6,000) were via the format.