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Thirty Seconds to Mars Earn Highest Charting Album Ever on Billboard 200 With 'America'

Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars scores its highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as its new studio album, America, debuts at No. 2 on the list dated April 21.

It’s the second top 10 effort for the act, surpassing its previous high, logged when Love Lust Faith + Dreams debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2013.

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 April 21-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, April 17.

Of America’s starting unit total, 54,000 were in traditional album sales -- the group's second-largest sales week ever. Its only bigger week was earned by the 69,000 start of This Is War in 2009. (America’s sales bow was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the band’s upcoming tour, which starts on June 6.)

America was preceded by the hit single “Walk on Water,” which peaked at No. 2 for eight weeks on the Alternative Songs airplay chart in December and January. It also became the band’s first top 10 hit on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally, reaching No. 7 on the Dec. 30-dated list.

America has since scored another hit single with “Dangerous Night,” which has so far climbed to No. 8 on the Alternative Songs chart (dated April 14), becoming the group’s ninth top 10 on the tally.