Linkin Park, Papa Roach Rule Rock Album Charts
It's Linkin Park's fifth No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart.
Linkin Park leads Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts for a fifth and fourth time, respectively, as new album One More Light debuts at No. 1 on both tallies (dated June 10) with 111,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen Music.
Of that sum, 100,000 are pure album sales, giving Linkin Park the third-biggest debut for a rock title this year: Only John Mayer's The Search for Everything (120,000) and Gorillaz's Humanz (115,000) sold more in their first weeks in 2017.
The No. 1 debut of Light means that each of Linkin Park's albums released in the respective eras of Top Rock Albums (which began in 2006) and Alternative Albums (2007) have reached the top slot on each chart. Most recently, 2014's The Hunting Party debuted atop both rankings with 110,000 in first-week sales.
Light also starts at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200, where it's the band's sixth leader. Only two Linkin Park studio releases have missed the chart's summit, and neither by much: 2000's Hybrid Theory (No. 2) and The Hunting Party (No. 3).
Notably, Light marks the first Linkin Park album deemed not eligible for the Hard Rock Albums chart (since it launched in 2007), due to its lighter, more pop-driven sound than past releases. That shift is evidenced prominently on its lead single, "Heavy," featuring Kiiara, which holds at its No. 2 peak on Hot Rock Songs. The song reached No. 22 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart but has found more success on Pop Songs, where it returns to its No. 16 high. (Warner Bros., the band's label, has not yet announced a follow-up single.)
Straight Talk: The week's other No. 1 rock album belongs to Papa Roach, whose Crooked Teeth starts atop Hard Rock Albums with 23,000 equivalent units (18,000 in sales). It's the second No. 1 on the chart for the band, following the chart-topping entrance of 2015's F.E.A.R., and also arrives on Alternative Albums (No. 3) and Top Rock Albums (No. 4).
The new set's lead single, "Help," spent six weeks atop Mainstream Rock Songs, tying for Papa Roach's longest-leading No. 1 (of three total) with 2009's "Lifeline." "Help" also became the band's first top 10 on Rock Airplay (hitting No. 8) in six years, since "Burn" reached the same rank in 2011.
'Back' to the Charts: "Back to the River," the third single from The Pretty Reckless' third studio album, Who You Selling For, enters Mainstream Rock Songs at No. 39, marking the Taylor Momsen-led band's sixth charting single on the ranking. However, perhaps more interesting is its featured performer: Warren Haynes, who plays lead guitar on the track. Haynes' appearance gives him his first song on a Billboard airplay chart, solo or with a group, in more than a decade, since the No. 37 peak of The Allman Brothers Band's "Firing Line" (May 3, 2003). The band's longtime guitarist wrote "Line" with Gregg Allman, who passed away May 27.
HAIM Time: Speaking of the word "back," HAIM charts on Adult Alternative Songs for the first time with "Want You Back" (No. 30), the lead single from the sister trio's sophomore album, Something to Tell You (July 7). The group first hit airplay charts with "Forever" in 2014 and as featured on Calvin Harris' "Pray to God" in 2015. The former rose to Nos. 33, 36 and 40 on Adult Pop Songs, Pop Songs and Alternative Songs, respectively, and the latter reached No. 12 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay and No. 27 on Pop Songs.