The Texas rock act reigns for the second time on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums, selling 18,000 copies of new album ‘Retrograde.’
Crown the Empire's Retrograde leads a parade of four new arrivals in the top 10 of the Top Rock Albums chart, as the set starts at No. 1. The post-hardcore act’s third studio album leads the chart dated Aug. 13 with 18,000 copies sold in the week ending July 28, according to Nielsen Music.
The Rise Records band, which formed in 2010, has been in this position before; it previously led Top Rock Albums with The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways nearly two years before exactly, on the Aug. 9, 2014-dated chart, selling 24,000 copies in its first frame.
Retrograde is also the rockers’ second No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, again following The Resistance.
On the Billboard 200, Crown the Empire enters at No. 15, marking the group’s second top 20 effort (The Resistance opened at No. 7), while on Top Album Sales, it’s the band’s best rank yet at No. 3 (The Resistance debuted and peaked at No. 7).
On Top Rock Albums, Crown the Empire is followed by another act in the hard rock vein. Periphery, the decade-old progressive metal six-piece from Washington, D.C., opens at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums with Periphery III: Select Difficulty, its fifth album, at 15,000 copies moved.
While the rank ties the band’s best position on Hard Rock Albums, marking the third time (following 2014’s Clear and 2015’s Juggernaut: Alpha) it’s come in at No. 2, Periphery’s Top Rock Albums debut is its best, topping Juggernaut: Alpha’s No. 4 debut and peak last year. Its No. 22 start on the Billboard 200 also ties a personal best set with Alpha.
The No. 3 spot on Top Rock Albums belongs to a new entry from the Grateful Dead -- Dave's Picks, Volume 19: Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, HI - 1/23/70. The three-disc live album -- which includes covers of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the Grammy Award-winning blues song “I’m a King Bee” -- starts with 15,000 sold (but slightly less than Periphery’s total).
Finally, at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums, Relient K debuts with 9,000 copies sold of its eighth album Air for Free. Concurrently, the Ohio act’s new set also starts at No. 3 on Alternative Albums. The latter bow ties the band's best rank ever, first achieved with the arrival of 2013's Collapsible Lung. The net set also enters at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, marking the group's fifth chart-topper there, dating back to 2004's five-week rule of Mmhmm.