Green Day Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Revolution Radio'
Green Day rocks the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 with its third chart-topping album, Revolution Radio. The band’s 12th studio effort enters atop the list with 95,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 90,000 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 Oct. 29-dated chart (where Revolution Radio debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Green Day last led the Billboard 200 more than seven years ago, with 21st Century Breakdown. That set debuted atop the chart dated May 30, 2009 and spent one week in the penthouse. Before that, the band's first No. 1, American Idiot, racked up three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 back in 2004 and 2005.
After 21st Century Breakdown, the band’s next studio project was the expansive Uno!, Dos!, Tre! series -- three studio albums released in quick succession in late 2012. Uno! and Dos! debuted and peaked at Nos. 2 and 9, respectively, while Tre! missed the top 10, peaking at No. 13 (its opening frame).
Overall, Revolution Radio is Green Day’s tenth top 10 album, stretching back to its breakthrough effort, Dookie, which peaked at No. 2 back in January of 1995.
The new album was led by the single “Bang Bang,” which garnered the act its 21st top 10 hit on the Alternative Songs airplay chart. The only acts with more top 10s on the 28-year-old tally are Foo Fighters (with 22), U2 (23) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (25).
Back on the new Billboard 200, Norah Jones collects her sixth top 10 effort, as Day Breaks bows at No. 2 with 47,000 units (44,000 in traditional album sales). Her last solo studio album, 2012’s Little Broken Hearts, launched at No. 2 with 110,000 copies sold. Day Breaks also enters at No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, giving the artist her second leader on the tally. She was last atop the list back in 2004, when her debut effort Come Away With Me wrapped a run of 115 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
OneRepublic notches its highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as Oh My My bows at No. 3 with 46,000 units (35,000 in traditional album sales). The band first hit the top 10 with its last effort, 2013’s Native, debuting and peaking at No. 4 from a 60,000-sales start. Before that, 2009’s Waking Up peaked at No. 21 in its opening frame (in the thick of the very competitive Christmas shopping season), and the group’s debut effort, Dreaming Out Loud, peaked at No. 14 back in 2008.
Drake’s Views dips one rung to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200, with 43,000 units (down 9 percent) and the Suicide Squad soundtrack falls a spot to No. 5 with 37,000 units (down 1 percent). Solange’s A Seat at the Table descends from No. 1 to No. 6 in its second week with 34,000 units (down 53 percent). Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface rises one position to No. 7 with 29,000 units (up 15 percent), following the band’s performance on the Oct. 8 edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Rock band Alter Bridge is back in the top 10 for the first time in more than 12 years, as The Last Hero debuts at No. 8 with 28,000 units (27,000 in traditional album sales). The group was last in the top 10 way back in 2004, when its first effort One Day Remains debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Aug. 28, 2004-dated list. After that, the band notched three more top 20-charting sets with Blackbird (No. 13 in 2007), AB III (No. 17 in 2010) and Fortress (No. 12 in 2013). The Last Hero also opens at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart, the band’s first leader on the tally.
Alt-rock duo Phantogram claims its highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 and best sales week yet, as its third full-length studio effort, Three, starts at No. 9 with 25,000 units (23,000 in traditional album sales). The act (comprised of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) saw its last set Voices top out at No. 11 in 2014 (off a 21,000 sales start), while its 2010 debut effort Eyelid Movies missed the chart. (Between its first and second album, however, the act logged entries with a pair of EPs: Nightlife and a self-titled set, which reached Nos. 122 and 155, respectively.)
Rounding out the latest top 10 is Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman, slipping three spots to No. 10 with 25,000 units (down 5 percent).