Paramore & Seether Lead Rock Albums Charts
Paramore bows at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums & Alternative Albums, while Seether crowns Hard Rock Albums.
Paramore laughs all the way to No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated June 3), as After Laughter, the band's fifth studio set, debuts atop both tallies with 67,000 equivalent album units (53,000 in pure sales), according to Nielsen Music.
The Hayley Williams-fronted act earns its third No. 1 on each chart, following 2013's Paramore and 2009's Brand New Eyes.
On the Hot Rock Songs chart, more than half of the new album's songs (seven of 12) appear, led by first single "Hard Times" at No. 9. The other titles: "Told You So" (No. 20), "Rose-Colored Boy" (No. 27), "Fake Happy" (No. 33), "Forgiveness" (No. 35), "26" (No. 47) and "Pool" (No. 50). Concurrently, "Hard Times" reaches new peaks on the Alternative Songs and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts, at Nos. 15 and 28, respectively.
Laughter is Paramore's first record since the return of original drummer Zac Farro, who had departed in 2010.
Meanwhile, Seether scores its third No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, as Poison the Parish, the hard rock band's seventh studio album, debuts with 31,000 units (30,000 in pure sales). Each of Seether's last three albums have now led the list, following 2014's Isolate and Medicate and 2011's Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.
The new record's lead single, "Let You Down," became the band's sixth No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart and this week spends its second week atop the ranking.