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Korn Crowns Top Rock, Alternative & Hard Rock Albums Charts

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The nu-metal band triples up atop all three charts for the third time with new album 'The Serenity of Suffering.'

Korn debuts at No. 1 on all three of Billboard's main rock album charts – Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums – as The Serenity of Suffering launches atop the lists (dated Nov. 12) with 55,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The set is the band's third to triple up atop the tallies and first since 2010's Korn III: Remember Who You Are (which arrived with 63,000). Korn's two releases before Suffering, 2011's The Path to Totality and 2013's The Paradigm Shift, each hit No. 3 on Top Rock Albums, with the former, in particular, incorporating EDM elements, with production credits from Skrillex, Excision, Datsik and more.

The Jonathan Davis-led band has now collected three No. 1s each on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, and four on Hard Rock Albums (which also includes 2007's Untitled).

On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, Suffering starts at No. 4 with 57,000 equivalent album units, marking the quintet's best debut and rank since Korn III bowed at No. 2. The band notches its 15th Billboard 200 entry, dating to its 1995 self-titled debut, which rose to No. 72. Korn boasts two No. 1 albums on the chart, 1998's Follow the Leader and its follow-up, 1999's Issues, and 13 top 10s. Since the act's first week in the top 10, exactly 20 years ago today (Nov. 2, 1996), with Life Is Peachy, its 13 top 10s are the most among hard rock bands. Among all rock bands in that span, only Dave Matthews Band has earned more (14).

Lead Suffering single "Rotting in Vain" peaked at No. 4 on Mainstream Rock Songs, becoming Korn's 16th top 10 on the airplay chart. The band first hit the region with the No. 10-peaking "Freak on a Leash" in 1999.

Meanwhile, the top six titles on Top Rock Albums are debuts. Below Korn, Trans-Siberian Orchestra opens at No. 2 with The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (26,000 sold), while You Want It Darker, the 14th studio album from 82-year-old Leonard Cohen, starts at No. 3 (24,000). The latter set also launches as Cohen's third No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums.

The Pretty Reckless' third album, Who You Selling For, bows at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums (22,000), aided by the Taylor Momsen-fronted band's No. 1 Mainstream Rock Songs single "Take Me Down," while I Prevail sends its debut full-length Lifelines to a No. 5 start (20,000). Jimmy Eat World rounds out the top six arrivals with Integrity Blues (18,000) the emo vets' ninth studio album.