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Panic! at the Disco Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Panic! at the Disco
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Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco scores its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Death of a Bachelor. The set, which was released on Jan. 15 through DCD2/Fueled By Ramen, debuts atop the chart with 190,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 22, according to Nielsen Music.

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 6, 2016-dated chart (where Panic! debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Death of a Bachelor also earns Panic! at the Disco its best sales week yet for an album, as it sold 169,000 in pure album sales. It surpasses the act’s previous high, logged when Pretty.Odd. bowed at No. 2 with 139,000 sold in the week ending March 30, 2008.

Death of a Bachelor is Panic!’s fifth charting album, and follows Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (No. 2 debut and peak in 2013), Vices & Virtues (No. 7 in 2011), Pretty. Odd., and their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (No. 13 peak in 2006 after debuting at No. 112 in 2005).

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Panic! at the Disco’s first No. 1 album comes a little more than 10 years after the act made its chart debut with A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out on the list dated Oct. 15, 2005.

Notably, Death’s sales start greatly outpaces the launch of Panic!’s last album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The latter started with 84,000, and has so far sold 407,000.

The new album has already logged five top 15-charting hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart: “Hallelujah” (which peaked at No. 3 way back in May of 2015), “Victorious” (No. 7) and “Emperor’s New Clothes” (No. 5), “LA Devotee” (No. 15) and “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time” (No. 10).

Below Death of a Bachelor, Adele’s 25 stays steady at No. 2 with 147,000 units (up 3 percent), while Justin Bieber’s Purpose is also a non-mover at No. 3 with 91,000 units (down 12 percent). David Bowie’s Blackstar slips 1-4 with 90,000 units (down 50 percent) in its second week. And Twenty One PilotsBlurryface is stationary at No. 5 with 45,000 units (up 5 percent).

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The latest Kidz Bop Kids album, Kidz Bop 31, bows at No. 6 with 45,000 units (mostly from pure album sales: 43,000). It’s the 24th top 10 album for the series, and clocks the best sales week for the series in year. The last Kidz Bop album to collect a larger sales frame was Kidz Bop 27, which entered with 78,000 sold in January 2015. Following that album, Kidz Bop 28, 29 and 30 launched with 39,000; 36,000 and 27,000; respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 are Bowie’s Best of Bowie (4-7 with 43,000 units; down 54 percent), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (7-8 with 41,000 units; up 25 percent thanks to exposure from his performances on the Jan. 16 edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (6-9 with 34,000 units; down 13 percent) and Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul (8-10 with 31,000 units; down 5 percent).