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The Pretty Reckless Earn First No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart With ‘Death by Rock and Roll’

The Pretty Reckless
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The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless rules Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Feb. 27) as the rock band’s new studio effort Death by Rock and Roll debuts at No. 1. It’s the third top 10 and first No. 1 for the act on the chart. The album starts with 16,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 18, according to MRC Data.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Death by Rock and Roll’s first-week sales of 16,000 across all formats (CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital download, etc.), 5,300 were sold via vinyl LP -- enabling the set’s No. 5 debut on the Vinyl Albums chart. The set was available in multiple color variants exclusive to the band’s official webstore, independent music stores and FYE.

The Pretty Reckless previously logged top 10s on Top Album Sales with Who You Selling For (No. 8, 2016) and Going to Hell (No. 5, 2014).

Death by Rock and Roll also enters an array of other album charts, including the Billboard 200 (No. 28), Top Rock Albums (No. 3), Hard Rock Albums (No. 2), Tastemaker Albums (No. 3) and Independent Albums (No. 5).

The album’s title track reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in August of 2020, marking the fifth leader for the band. The set’s latest radio single, “And So It Went,” featuring Tom Morello, climbs 9-8 (a new peak) on the most recently published chart (dated Feb. 27).

Back on the new Top Album Sales chart, Foo FightersMedicine at Midnight falls 1-2 in its second week (15,000 sold; down 77%), while Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Evermore rises 6-3 (12,000; up 70%). The latter had a robust sales bump thanks to the release of the cassette edition of the album (which sold 2,300), as well as buzz and promotion generated by Swift’s Feb. 10 announcement that she would be re-recording her chart-topping 2008 Fearless album.

Morgan Wallen’s former leader Dangerous: The Double Album dips 2-4 (10,000 sold; down 74%) while country duo Florida Georgia Line climbs in at No. 5 with its latest studio set, Life Rolls On (just over 8,000). Swift’s chart-topping Folklore bumps 12-6 (8,000 sold; up 42%).

Vocal group Pentatonix captures its 12th top 10, as the act’s new album The Lucky Ones debuts at No. 7 (6,000). Pentatonix has tallied at least one new top 10 album yearly since 2012.

A pair of former No. 1s are next on the chart, as The Weeknd’s After Hours is steady at No. 8 (6,000 sold; down 8%) and Harry StylesFine Line is also a non-mover at No. 9 (a little over 5,000; down 9%). Tomorrow X Together’s new Still Dreaming rounds out the top 10, as it bows at No. 10 with 5,000 sold, marking the South Korean act’s second top 10.