Lake Street Dive, After the Burial Land First No. 1 Rock Albums

Lake Street Dive Side Pony
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Cover art for "Side Pony" by Lake Street Dive.

Lake Street Dive splashes in at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, while After the Burial leads Hard Rock Albums.

Lake Street Dive lands its first No. 1 album on a Billboard chart as Side Pony gallops in atop Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Folk Albums (dated March 12) with 16,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The follow-up to 2014's Bad Self Portraits also starts at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 11 on Top Album Sales.

Side Pony is the Brooklyn-via-Boston quartet's first release on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. and was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell). Concurrently, Lake Street Dive has achieved its first charting single on a Billboard airplay chart, as lead Side Pony single "Call Off Your Dogs" has reached No. 26 on Adult Alternative Songs.

The other title atop Billboard's menu of rock albums charts is also an act's first: Dig Deep, the fifth LP from Minnesota metal outfit After the Burial, opens atop Hard Rock Albums. Its 11,000 first-week sum nearly doubles the band's previous best week (6,000), set by 2013's Wolves Within, and also marks the quartet's best placement on Top Rock Albums (No. 4).

The new effort is After the Burial's first full-length since the 2015 death of founding guitarist Justin Lowe.

Other top 10 debuts on rock album charts this week: Animal Collective's Painting With (No. 5 Alternative Albums; 10,000 sold), Rick Springfield's Rocket Science (No. 10 Top Rock Albums; 9,000), Wolfmother's Victorious (No. 2 Hard Rock Albums, No. 9 Alternative Albums; 8,000), Sister Hazel's Lighter in the Dark (No. 3 Folk Albums, 8,000), Foo Fighters' Saint Cecilia EP (No. 4 Hard Rock Albums; 5,000) and Last in Line's Heavy Crown (No. 6 Hard Rock Albums; 4,000).

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