Needtobreathe Snags Third No. 1 on Top Rock Albums
The band’s “HARDLOVE” leads debuts by Dirty Heads, Good Charlotte and Jeff Beck.
Needtobreathe reclaims a familiar spot atop Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart as HARDLOVE, the Christian rock act's sixth studio album, debuts at No. 1 (chart dated Aug. 6) with 46,000 copies sold in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music.
It's the four-piece's third chart-topper, following 2014's Rivers in the Wasteland and 2011's The Reckoning. The new set is also the band's second Alternative Albums No. 1 following Rivers. It debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest rank, besting Rivers' No. 3 peak.
Additionally, HARDLOVE lands at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, marking the quartet’s third album to reach the top spot, again following Rivers and The Reckoning.
The band places two songs onto the Hot Rock Songs chart in the album’s release week; "Happiness" rises 40-23 -- their second highest ranking after reaching No. 18 upon its debut (chart dated April 23) -- while the album’s namesake track debuts at No. 40.
At No. 2 on both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, Dirty Heads arrive with their new self-titled record, which moves 21,000 first-week copies. Its Top Rock Albums start ties the California-based reggae rockers’ best chart peak after 2014’s Sound of Change reached No. 2 on the July 26-dated chart, also selling 21,000. It’s also the week’s No. 1 on Independent Albums. The album’s lead single, “That’s All I Need,” moves 19-18 on Alternative Songs and re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 32.
The No. 4 spot on both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums belongs to pop-punkers Good Charlotte. The group, led by brothers Joel and Benji Madden, returns with Youth Authority, its first full-length studio album in nearly six years, selling 14,000 copies. One of its tracks, “Life Can’t Get Much Better,” additionally moves 30-19 on Hot Rock Songs, ranking as the chart’s Greatest Digital Gainer after selling 11,000 digital downloads (good enough for No. 9 on Rock Digital Songs), up 44 percent from the previous week’s 8,000-download total. The album’s No. 23 rank on the Billboard 200 is also the band's best chart peak there since 2007’s Good Morning Revival debuted and peaked at No. 7.
Top Rock Albums’ final top 10 debut belongs to Jeff Beck, whose 11th studio album, Loud Hailer, starts at No. 6 with 11,000 sold. The release marks the 72-year-old’s first top 10 on the chart since 2010’s Emotion & Commotion reached No. 3 at 26,000 copies sold.