Marilyn Manson's 'Heaven Upside Down' Crowns Alternative & Hard Rock Albums Charts

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Plus, debuts for August Burns Red, Liam Gallagher, The Black Dahlia Murder and The Replacements.

Marilyn Manson leads Alternative Albums for the first time with Heaven Upside Down, the band's 10th studio album -- moving 35,000 units (32,000 in traditional sales), according to Nielsen Music, and debuting at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 28.

Marilyn Manson previously peaked at No. 2 on the chart twice, with 2009's The High End of Low (49,000 copies sold in its first week, 2009) and 2012's Born Villain (38,000 sold, 2012).

Heaven also arrives atop Hard Rock Albums, where it's the band's fourth No. 1, and ties the act's best rank on Top Rock Albums (No. 2). It bows as Marilyn Manson's ninth top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 (No. 8), dating to its first top 10, Antichrist Superstar (No. 3, 1996).

The new set's lead single, "Kill4Me," concurrently jumps 22-17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, becoming the act's fifth top 20 hit over a two-decade chart span. It re-enters the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart at a new high of No. 39.

In all, five albums debut in the Top Rock Albums chart's the top 10. Following Marilyn Manson, fellow hard rockers August Burns Red begin at No. 4 with Phantom Anthem (19,000 units), as well as No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, marking the band's fifth chart-topper on the latter ranking.

Another '90s rock luminary, Liam Gallagher, makes his first appearance on Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums as a solo artist with As You Were (Nos. 3 and 5, respectively; 15,000 units). It's the Oasis frontman's first solo album and marks his first appearance on either chart since his post-Oasis band Beady Eye bowed at Nos. 4 and 7 with Different Gear, Still Speeding in 2011. The new set's latest single, "For What It's Worth," is growing in airplay below the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.

No. 6 on Top Rock Albums belongs to The Black Dahlia Murder, whose Nightbringers enters with 13,000 units. That's the best rank for the death metal act in a decade of charting on the ranking, besting 2011's Ritual (No. 9). It's also the band's third album to hit a career-best No. 3 on Hard Rock Albums.

The final debut in the Top Rock Albums top 10 is For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986, a new live disc from alt vets The Replacements (10,000 units). The album was recorded at a Feb. 4, 1986, set at Maxwell's in Hoboken, N.J. It marks The Replacements' first top 10 on the chart (which began in 2006), besting the No. 35 peak of 2013's Songs for Slim EP. It also launches at No. 6 on Alternative Albums, while becoming the band's highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 (No. 52), slotting in above the No. 57 peak of 1989's Don't Tell a Soul.

In other Top Rock Albums news, Stone Temple Pilots' Core leaps 31-8 with 12,000 units (up 153 percent) following the album's 25th anniversary reissue. It was originally released on Sept. 29, 1992.


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