Chvrches Score First No. 1 on Top Rock Albums With 'Every Open Eye'

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Cover art for the Chvrches album "Every Open Eye."

The Scottish trio also leads Alternative Albums for the first time. Plus, bows for the Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups & Parkway Drive.

Chvrches earn their first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated Oct. 17), as the hook-filled, electronic-leaning Every Open Eye, the Scottish trio's sophomore effort, bows with 34,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The start bests the launch of the group's debut set, The Bones of What You Believe (No. 5, 21,000), in 2013. The new release is also the band's first No. 1 on Alternative Albums and first top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 8).

Fun fact, and surely a point of national pride for the band (and its home-country fans): Chvrches mark the first Scottish act to rule Top Rock Albums since KT Tunstall, with Drastic Fantastic, in 2007.

Sparked by its release, Every Open Eye yields three rising songs on the Hot Rock Songs chart: lead radio single "Leave a Trace" (a re-entry at No. 27), "Clearest Blue" (a debut at No. 43) and "Never Ending Circles" (re-entering No. 47). "Trace" also bullets at No. 26 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, its peak so far.

Chvrches are joined in the Top Rock Albums top four by three more debuts: The Dead Weather's Dodge and Burn (No. 2, 32,000 sold, tying 2009's Horehound for the band's best Top Rock Albums peak; of the sales sum, a hefty 12,000 are vinyl sales); Silversun Pickups' Better Nature (No. 3, 23,000); and Parkway Drive's Ire (No. 4, 14,000, marking its first Top Rock Albums top five and first No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart).