Fall Out Boy Earns Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Mania'

Pamela Littky
Fall Out Boy

Rock band Fall Out Boy scores its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Mania arrives atop the list.

The set earned 130,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 117,000 were in traditional album sales. Mania is the group’s seventh full-length studio set and was released on Jan. 19 through Island Records.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 3-dated chart (where Mania opens at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Jan. 30).

Mania is Fall Out Boy’s fourth leader on the chart, and third consecutive studio effort to reach the top. The band previously hit No. 1 with its full-length studio titles American Beauty/American Psycho (2015), Save Rock and Roll (2013) and Infinity on High (2007). Its only full-length studio efforts to miss the top were Folie a Deux (peaking at No. 8 on the Jan. 3, 2009-dated chart), From Under the Cork Tree (No. 9 in 2005) and Take This to Your Grave (didn’t reach the Billboard 200, but hit No. 17 on the Independent Albums chart in 2004).

Mania’s opening frame is driven largely by traditional album sales, with 117,000 copies sold. The remainder of its equivalent album unit sum is comprised of TEA units (2,000) and SEA units (11,000). Mania actually did better than expected, as some industry forecasters expected there to be a race between Mania and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, with some predicting both titles would finish the week with around 105,000 to 110,000 units. The Greatest Showman, which previously spent two weeks at No. 1, holds at No. 2 for a second week with 109,000 units -- up 5 percent.

Mania performed particularly well with direct-to-consumer sales via Fall Out Boy’s official web store, and with vinyl LP sales. For the latter format, the album sold 13,000 copies -- the biggest week for a vinyl album since the Sept. 30, 2017-dated list, when The National’s Sleep Well Beast bowed with 14,000 vinyl LPs.

Fall Out Boy’s last studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, launched at No. 1 with 218,000 units, of which 192,000 were in traditional album sales.

Mania was originally slated for release last September, but the band opted to push back the release until January, and ultimately retooled the album.

The set has scored five hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart (through the most recently published tally, dated Jan. 27), including a trio of top 10s: the set’s lead single “Young and Menace” (No. 7), “Champion” (No. 10) and “The Last of the Real Ones” (No. 5). On the Alternative Songs airplay chart, “Champion” peaked at No. 18 last September, marking the band’s 11th hit. Meanwhile, on the most recent Pop Songs airplay chart, “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” debuted at No. 38 -- Fall Out Boy’s first hit on the list from Mania.

At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) is steady with 47,000 units (down 1 percent). Camila Cabello’s Camila album dips from No. 1 to No. 4 in its second week, with 43,000 units (down 64 percent). Post Malone’s Stoney rounds out the top five, descending one rung to No. 5 with 34,000 units (down 2 percent).

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. rises one position to No. 6 with just over 29,000 units (down 2 percent), G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned is down one to No. 7 with 29,000 (down 12 percent) and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv is Rage 2 climbs a spot to No. 8 with 27,000 units (down 5 percent).

Closing out the top 10: Taylor Swift’s Reputation falls 5-9 with 26,000 units (down 21 percent) and Bruno Mars24K Magic pops back into the top 10, rising 11-10, with nearly 26,000 units (down 3 percent).


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