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Asking Alexandria Scores First No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with 'The Black'

Asking Alexandria The Black Album 2016
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Cover art for The Black Album by Asking Alexandria.

The chart-topper is the English band's first album with new vocalist Denis Stoff.

Asking Alexandria scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated April 16) with The Black, which sold 28,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The band previously reached No. 2 with 2013's From Death to Destiny (which arrived with 41,000 sold).

The new record also becomes the English rockers' second No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, also following Destiny. It launches at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, marking the group's third top 10. Guess which set from the band has peaked highest on the Billboard 200: Destiny, at No. 5.

The Black is the first album from the quintet with new vocalist Denis Stoff, following former frontman Danny Worsnop's departure last year.

Lead single "I Won't Give In" peaked at No. 16 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart in December, while current single "Here I Am" advances 35-29 this week.

Asking Alexandria leads a grand total of six debuts within the Top Rock Albums chart's top 10. Joe Bonamassa's Blues of Desperation enters at No. 2 (25,000 sold), marking the blues rocker's highest debut on the chart (and his record-extending 16th No. 1 on Blues Albums); Swedish death metal outfit Amon Amarth starts at No. 4 with Jomsviking (20,000, its best sales week and chart placement); veteran heavy metal act Metal Church's XI debuts at No. 5 (11,000), its first entry on Top Rock Albums (which began in 2006).

Elsewhere, Husker Du guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould's solo record Patch the Sky opens at No. 8 (7,000) and Birdy's Beautiful Lies bows at No. 9 (7,000), as well as at No. 1 on the Folk Albums chart.