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Garbage Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums Charts

Joseph Cultice


"Strange Little Birds" starts with the group's best sales week since 2005.

Garbage reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated July 2) for the first time, as Strange Little Birds, the Shirley Manson-led band's sixth studio album, flies in with 20,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set's first-week sales represent the act's best sales frame since 2005, when Bleed Like Me arrived with 75,000 sold. (Top Rock Albums did not start until 2006.)

The new LP also begins at No. 1 on Alternative Albums, where it's the band's second leader, following its last studio release, 2012's Not Your Kind of People (which moved 19,000 in its first week).

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Concurrently, the new album's lead single, "Empty," debuts at No. 40 on Alternative Songs, the band's first song to chart since "Blood for Poppies" rose to No. 17 in May 2012. Garbage has landed 13 entries on Alternative Songs, dating to its first, the No. 26-peaking "Vow," in 1995. The band boasts five top 10s, including the aptly titled four-week No. 1 "#1 Crush" in 1997.

MAC IS BACK: Five other titles arrive in the Top Rock Albums top 10. Pure McCartney, the newest compilation from Paul McCartney, starts at No. 2 with 18,000 sold. The set, which spans both McCartney's solo career and his time with Wings, was released in multiple formats, the standard of which is a 39-song two-disc set; at most, it sports 67 tracks over four discs.

Band of Horses debut at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums with Why Are You OK (17,000 sold). The rank is the Ben Bridwell-led, Seattle-based band's best on the chart since 2010's Infinite Arms, which opened and peaked at No. 2. OK also debuts at No. 2 on Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums, matching the group's best placement on each tally.

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Kaleo makes its maiden voyage on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums, as A/B, the Icelandic quartet's first record since signing to Elektra/Atlantic, begins at No. 4 on the former chart and No. 3 on the latter two (17,000). The set's lead single, "Way Down We Go," rises 6-5 on Alternative Songs, while its harder-charging Vinyl theme "No Good," also from A/B, lifts 18-17 on Mainstream Rock Songs, returning to its peak.

ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FITZ: Fitz and the Tantrums debut on Top Rock Albums at No. 6 and at No. 4 on Alternative Albums, both personal bests, with the soulful group's new self-titled effort (16,000). The set's first single, "HandClap," returns to its previous peaks of No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs and No. 6 on Alternative Songs while attaining a new high of No. 7 on Rock Airplay (7.1 million in rock radio audience).

The final top 10 debut on Top Rock Albums is Nahko and Medicine for the People's HOKA (8,000). The act, led by Portland, Ore.-born Nahko Bear, debuts at No. 10, marking its first title on the chart. Its third studio album also enters at No. 6 on Alternative Albums.