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Dropkick Murphys & Halestorm Lead Rock Albums Charts

Dropkick Murphys
Gregory Nolan

Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys celebrate first trip to No. 1 on Top Rock Albums & Alternative Albums, while Halestorm lands its third leader on Hard Rock Albums.

Dropkick Murphys rule Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts for the first time, as 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory starts at No. 1 on both lists (dated Jan. 28). The set sold 24,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.

The release is the Boston band's ninth LP and first since 2013's Signed and Sealed in Blood. It exceeds the Celtic rock/punk collective's previous best of No. 2 on the charts, achieved with seventh LP Going Out in Style in 2011.

11 Short Stories also represents the group's best rank on Top Album Sales (No. 2) and arrives as its third Billboard 200 top 10 (No. 8, 26,000 equivalent album units). The band's best showing on the Billboard 200 was logged by Style, which debuted and peaked at No. 6.

Dropkick Murphys have long been celebrated in Boston as the unofficial house band (Fenway Park being the house) of baseball's Red Sox, having recorded the team anthem "Tessie" in 2004, the year the club won its first World Series in 86 years. When the Sox won again in 2007, the group's song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (with lyrics by Woody Guthrie) was played at home games when then-closer Jonathan Papelbon bounded in from the bullpen. "Shipping" has since become a staple at numerous Boston-area sporting events.

ALL HALE: Halestorm arrives atop Hard Rock Albums and at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP (15,000 sold). The set is the Pennsylvania rockers' third Hard Rock Albums No. 1, joining 2015's Into the Wild Life and 2012's The Strange Case Of…

The new release is the third in Halestorm's series of covers EPs and logs the best opening week of the trio (eclipsing 2.0's 8,000-copy start). It includes renditions of hard rock hits originally by Whitesnake, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Soundgarden and Metallica, alongside less obvious choices (Sophie B. Hawkins' "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover").