Foo Fighters Triple Up at No. 1 on Rock Album Charts
'Concrete and Gold' debuts atop the Top Rock, Alternative & Hard Rock Albums charts.
The set, which earned 127,000 equivalent album units in its first week (120,000 in traditional album sales), is the fourth by the band to crown Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, and the fifth to top Hard Rock Albums. Foo Fighters previously reached No. 1 on the former two tallies with 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 2011's Wasting Light and 2014's Sonic Highways, while the band's 2009 Greatest Hits package additionally ruled Hard Rock Albums.
As previously reported, Concrete and Gold bows atop the all-genre Billboard 200, marking the second Foo Fighters album to reign (among 12 chart entries, dating back to the band's 1995 self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 23). The Foos first led the Billboard 200 with Wasting Light, for a week (April 30, 2011, selling 235,000 copies in its first frame).
Two other debuts populate the top five of Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums. First, Nothing More's The Stories We Tell Ourselves starts at No. 3 on the former two rankings and at No. 2 on the latter (22,000 units; 20,000 in pure sales). That marks the Texas rock act's best rank on all three charts and sales week, exceeding the No. 11 (Top Rock and Alternative) and No. 3 (Hard Rock) starts of 2014's Nothing More and doubling that album's first-week sales figure of 9,000.
Those new highs stem from the rockers' growing popularity in the rock world; when Nothing More was released, the band had earned just one charting song at radio: "Ballast," which rose to No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart in 2014. Since then, Nothing More has launched four additional songs into the top 20 of Mainstream Rock Songs, including latest entry "Go to War," the lead single from Stories which spends a second week at its No. 4 highpoint.
Meanwhile, Prophets of Rage's first full-length bows at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums and at No. 3 on Hard Rock Albums. The supergroup, which consists of the Rage Against the Machine instrumentalists (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk), DJ Lord and Chuck D of Public Enemy, plus B-Real from Cypress Hill, moved 22,000 units of its self-titled debut LP, with 20,000 via traditional album sales. The group's previous release, 2016's EP The Party's Over, began at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums with 7,000 sold.