Papa Roach Debuts on Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums
Papa Roach's eighth studio album, F.E.A.R., debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 24,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. It's the hard rock band's highest rank since 2009's Metamorphosis started at No. 3 with 44,000 sold. The new set also marks the band's highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 15) since Metamorphosis bowed at No. 8. (The band's best Billboard 200 peak is No. 2, achieved with 2002's lovehatetragedy.)
The new album's title is an acronym for "Face Everything and Rise," the title track, which leaps 45-15 on Hot Rock Songs and enters the top five (6-5) on Mainstream Rock Songs. On the latter list, Papa Roach has charted 13 top 10s, including one leader, 2009's six-week No. 1 "Lifeline."
Ezra's Voyage, Decemberists, Too: British singer/songwriter George Ezra's debut album Wanted on Voyage starts at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums and No. 1 on Folk Albums. The set also starts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200, with 16,000 sold. Ezra first released the title in his home country last June, where it climbed to No. 1 by October, powered by the single "Budapest."
The official video for "Budapest" is nearing 30 million worldwide YouTube views. The track rises 10-8 on Hot Rock Songs and debuts on the Hot 100 (No. 81). "Budapest" led Adult Alternative Songs for 10 weeks beginning in December. It's unseated this week by the Decemberists' "Make You Better," which rises 3-1. "Better" is the band's first Adult Alternative Songs leader; it had previously reached No. 2 with "Down by the Water" in 2011.
Hot 'Shots' Debut: On Hot Rock Songs, Imagine Dragons' "Shots" debuts at No. 7 with 39,000 first-week downloads sold. It's the alt-rock band's seventh Hot Rock Songs top 10 and the third release from its album Smoke + Mirrors, due Feb. 17. "I Bet My Life" has reached No. 4 and "Gold," No. 39.
Puppy Love: Last year, Budweiser's Super Bowl commercial showed the friendship between an adorable puppy and a Clydesdale horse, soundtracked to Passenger's "Let Her Go." The four-legged friends returned for this year's "Lost Dog" spot, featuring a slow, melancholy cover of the Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Sleeping at Last (the project of singer/songwriter Ryan O'Neal). The cover, originally released in 2013, re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 12 (20,000 sold, up from less than 1,000 the week before); it spent a week at No. 36 in 2013. The Proclaimers' original reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1993.
Death Cab, AWOLNATION Return: On Alternative Songs, two tracks debut in the top 20. "Black Sun," the first single from Death Cab for Cutie's album Kintsugi (March 31), starts at No. 16 (and likewise debuts at No. 16 on Hot Rock Songs).
AWOLNATION scores its highest debut on Alternative Songs with "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" (No. 18), its highest rank since "Kill Your Heroes" peaked at No. 7 in 2012. The track also starts at No. 33 on Hot Rock Songs. The act, fronted by Aaron Bruno, releases Run March 17.