The Lumineers Score Their First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
The Lumineers nab their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Cleopatra. The set starts atop the chart with 125,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 108,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 23-dated chart (where Cleopatra is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 19.
Cleopatra is The Lumineers’ second album, and was released through Dualtone Records on April 8. It follows the trio’s breakthrough self-titled debut album, which was released in 2012 and rose to No. 2 on the chart the following year. It has sold 1.7 million copies, thanks in large part to the popularity of its hit song "Ho Hey." The track peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cleopatra’s lead single, “Ophelia,” has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, and has so far peaked at No. 78 on the Hot 100.
The band’s Cleopatra World Tour kicked off April 14 in Bristol, England, and heads to the U.S. on May 21, playing Houston’s White Oak Music Hall. The trek continues through America until June 19, and then heads back to Europe.
Rock band Deftones nab their fifth top 10 set and highest charting album since 2003, as Gore starts at No. 2 with 71,000 units (69,000 in pure album sales). It’s their first release since 2012’s Koi No Yokan debuted and peaked at No. 11 (65,000 in sales) and their highest charting since their self-titled third album bowed and peaked at No. 2 on the June 7, 2003-dated list. Gore also gives the group their best sales week since 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist arrived with 76,000 sold.
The new album’s current single, “Prayers/Triangles,” has reached No. 10 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It marked their fifth top 10 effort on the tally.
Chris Stapleton’s Traveller dips 2-3 with 48,000 units (down 34 percent), while Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo descends 1-4 with 47,000 units (down 50 percent). The album fell 95 percent in traditional album sales, falling from a 28,000 start to a little more than 1,000 copies sold. (Much of its first week sales were bolstered by pre-orders not delivered until after the album saw a wide release on April 1. Those pre-orders were sold as part of a ticket/album bundle to his Yeezy 3 fashion show held at Madison Square Garden and screened via a live stream in movie theaters. The remaining sales were from Tidal and West’s official website.)
Rihanna’s Anti climbs one rung to No. 5 (44,000 units; down 9 percent), Justin Bieber’s Purpose rises 8-6 (38,000 units; down 10 percent) and Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface bolts 10-7 (33,000 units; up 11 percent).
Zayn’s Mind of Mine slips 7-8 (31,000 units; down 30 percent), Adele’s 25 is steady at No. 9 (30,000 units; down 17 percent) and Lukas Graham’s self-titled effort slides 3-10 (27,000 units; down 55 percent).