Modest Mouse Scores First No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs
Modest Mouse scores its first leader on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart as "Lampshades on Fire" rises 3-1. The song precedes the act's first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves (due March 3).
The Issaquah, Wash. band previously charted as high as No. 4 on Adult Alternative Songs with 2004's "Float On" (which was a No. 1 hit on Alternative Songs; "Lampshades" lifts 6-4 on that tally).
On Hot Rock Songs, Modest Mouse's "Fire" ranks at No. 19 after reaching a high of No. 14 last week. Another new track, "The Best Room," debuts at No. 44.
Modest Mouse formed in 1993 and has released five studio albums, including its previous release, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
PROGRESSIVE FLO: Also on Hot Rock Songs, Florence + The Machine scores its highest debut with "What Kind of Man" (No. 10), fueled by 32,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The Florence Welch-led act's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful arrives May 29, its first full-length since 2011's Ceremonials.
"Man" also enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 100. The act notched its highest Hot 100 peak (No. 21) in 2010 with its breakout hit "Dog Days Are Over." As a featured artist on Calvin Harris' "Sweet Nothing," Welch (not billed with the Machine) soared to No. 10 on the Hot 100 in 2013.
SWEET SPOT: Father John Misty, aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, scores his highest debut and best sales week as his second solo album, I Love You, Honeybear, debuts at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums and No. 2 on Folk Albums with 28,000 sold.
The new set also starts on the Billboard 200 at No. 17, while Father John Misty debuts on the Billboard Artist 100 at No. 58. Tillman's previous release as Father John Misty, Fear Fun, opened at No. 43 on Top Rock Albums and No. 123 on the Billboard 200 with 4,000 sold (May 19, 2012).
Vinyl copies of the new record, including a tri-colored deluxe version, account for 31 percent (9,000 copies) of its total sales. The special packaging helps the set launch at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart. (Unfortunately, the added features of the deluxe version caused some of the records to warp…)
SHADES OF SPRINGSTEEN: AWOLNATION's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" starts at No. 13 on Hot Rock Songs, granting the Aaron Bruno-led act its highest debut on the chart. The remake, which bows with 24,000 downloads sold, is from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, which bounds onto the Billboard 200 at No. 2.
AWOLNATION previously rose as high as No. 4 on Hot Rock Songs with "Sail" in 2013. The song was an incredibly slow-builder, hitting No. 5 on Alternative Songs in 2011 and crossing to a No. 17 peak on the Hot 100 more than two years leader. "Sail" spent 79 weeks on the Hot 100, the second-longest run -- after Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" (87 weeks) -- in the chart's history.