Neon Trees Debut at No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart
The band scores its first leader on the list with 'Pop Psychology.' Plus, chart action for Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson, Coldplay and more
Neon Trees earn their first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and highest debut on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Pop Psychology" arrives with 19,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Utah band's third studio album bests its previous Top Rock Albums peak, set when its last release, "Picture Show," debuted and peaked at No. 9 in 2012.
The debut is fueled by the new album's first single, "Sleeping With a Friend," which bullets at No. 9 on Hot Rock Songs with Streaming Gainer honors (843,000 U.S. streams, up 42 percent, according to Nielsen BDS).
Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn recently came out, telling Billboard that the new album is about "identity crisis and figuring out who I am and finding love."
Also debuting in the top 10 of Top Rock Albums is Bruce Springsteen's Record Store Day EP "American Beauty" (No. 8) and Jack Johnson's "From Here to Now to You Live EP" (No. 10), which also debuts at No. 1 on Folk Albums. The latter set offers live versions of songs from his studio release "From Here to Now to You," which opened at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Folk Albums in October.
On Hot Rock Songs, Jack White scores the Hot Shot Debut with "Lazaretto" at No. 21, marking his highest start and best rank. The song is the title track from his second solo album, due June 10. It debuts at No. 19 on Rock Digital Songs (16,000 first-week downloads sold) and No. 27 on Rock Airplay (2.5 million audience impressions).
Coldplay collects its second No. 1 on Rock Digital Songs with "Midnight" (4-1; 76,000, up 39 percent), spurred by a new remix from legendary electronic music producer Giorgio Moroder (accounting for 27 percent of its sales). The song jumps 14-11 on Hot Rock Songs, while radio single "Magic" bullets at No. 10. The band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," arrives May 19.
Meanwhile, KONGOS climb to No. 1 on Rock Airplay with "Come With Me Now" (3-1; 13 million, up 7 percent). The song notches a fourth week at No. 1 on Alternative Songs (2-1), pushes 15-13 on Hot Rock Songs and begins its top 40 chart crossover, entering the Pop Songs airplay tally at No. 35.