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Lamb of God Slays Top Rock Albums Chart at No. 1

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs on stage at Brixton Academy on Jan. 18, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

Lamb of God scores its third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated Aug. 15) as VII: Strum Und Drang starts with 47,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set, translated to "storm and stress" in German, also bows as the third leader on Hard Rock Albums for the metal band from Richmond, Va.

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On the Billboard 200, the title starts at No. 3, matching the rank of the group's previous release, Resolution, in 2012. Lamb of God reached its best peak on the Billboard 200, No. 2, with Wrath in 2009 (starting with 68,000). (Those two sets became the act's first two Top Rock Albums toppers.) The new set is the group's eighth studio album since forming in 1998. The band also debuts at No. 15 on the Billboard Artist 100.

SITTING PRETTY: On Hot Rock Songs, Bring Me the Horizon notches the highest debut of the week, starting at No. 13 with "Throne." The track begins with the majority of its chart points from streaming, logging 1.1 million first-week streams, with 49 percent from the song's official music video, released on Vevo.

Bring Me the Horizon previously debuted higher on Hot Rock Songs only with "Drown" (No. 11 in November 2014). "Throne" also debuts on Mainstream Rock Songs at No. 32, the group's highest start on the tally. "Throne" precedes the band's fifth album, That's the Spirit, due Sept. 11.

MOON'S 'DANCE': Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" leads Hot Rock Songs for a 19th week. The alt/pop jam is now just four weeks from tying the record for the most time spent atop the chart. Tied with Lorde's "Royals," it trails only Hozier's "Take Me to Church" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," each having ruled for 23 weeks, and Foo Fighters' "Rope" (20 weeks, 2011).

ROLLING IN: Keith Richards starts at No. 25 on Adult Alternative Songs with "Trouble," marking his first solo airplay hit in 22 years. The Rolling Stones guitarist last charted on an airplay list with "Eileen," which reached No. 17 on Mainstream Rock Songs in 1993. The new track leads Richards' Sept. 18 album Crosseyed Heart, his first studio album since 1992's Main Offender.

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