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.