Avenged Sevenfold's 'The Stage' Debuts Atop Rock Album Charts
The set starts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums & Hard Rock Albums -- the metal act's fourth set to triple up at the top. Plus, Dope returns with "Blood Money, Part 1."
Avenged Sevenfold crowns Billboard's Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts (dated Nov. 19), as new LP The Stage starts with 72,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 3, according to Nielsen Music.
The set is the fourth No. 1 on each chart for the band, and the fourth that has led all three charts at the same time, making Avenged Sevenfold only the second act to earn the honor that many times. (Top Rock Albums began in 2006, while Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums followed in 2007). Nickelback first did so with four albums between 2006 and 2014.
Avenged Sevenfold initially led all three tallies with its self-titled album in 2007 and followed with 2010's Nightmare and 2013's Hail to the King, before The Stage.
On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, The Stage starts at No. 4 with 76,000 equivalent album units, becoming the band's fourth top 10, two of which (Nightmare and Hail) debuted at No. 1.
Meanwhile, the new album's title-cut lead single jumps 12-10 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart in its fourth week (up 15 percent in plays), marking the band's 12th top 10, and zooms 20-13 on Hot Rock Songs. An additional song from the new record, "God Damn," debuts on Hot Rock Songs at No. 38.
The Stage is the quintet's seventh studio album and first with new drummer Brooks Wackerman. It comes as somewhat of a surprise release; although fans were aware that the album was to be released soon, its Oct. 28 release date was not revealed until the album suddenly appeared for sale.
THAT'S DOPE: Also on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums, Dope returns with Blood Money, Part 1, the Illinois metal act's first studio album in seven years (since No Regrets was released in March 2009). Blood Money debuts at No. 3 on both charts with 15,000 sold, easily the band's best sales week, topping the 9,000-copy start of 2005's American Apathy. It's the first time that Dope has appeared on Top Rock Albums, while the band earns its best position on Hard Rock Albums, besting the No. 11 peak of No Regrets. Its No. 27 arrival on the Billboard 200 is also Dope's best rank, topping No Regrets (No. 88).
Blood Money marks the return to a classic lineup of sorts for Dope; the quartet, which formed in 1997, had not performed with the roster of Edsel Dope, Virus, Acey Slade and Sketchey since 2002. Frontman Dope has been the only constant member of the band since its inception. The group charted five tracks on Mainstream Rock Songs in the 2000s, beginning with its cover of Dead or Alive's new wave-dance favorite "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"; the remake debuted and peaked at No. 37 in 2000.