CMA Awards 2018

Chvrches' 'Love Is Dead' Leads Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums Charts

Danny Clinch
CHVRCHES

The trio also sports three tracks on Hot Rock Songs.

CHVRCHES return to No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, ruling both rankings (dated June 9) for a second time with the debut of new album Love Is Dead.

The Scottish trio's third LP starts atop both rankings with 28,000 equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 23,000 are from traditional album sales.

CHVRCHES score their second No. 1 on each tally, following the chart-topping debut of preceding album Every Open Eye, which opened at No. 1 on the Oct. 17, 2015-dated rankings (34,000 copies sold).

The new album additionally starts at No. 11 on the all-genre Billboard 200, three spots away from the group's previous best, set when Eye opened at its No. 8 peak. The band's 2013 debut, The Bones of What You Believe, bowed and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 (and No. 3 on Alternative Albums and No. 5 on Top Rock Albums).

Three Love Is Dead tracks concurrently rank on the Hot Rock Songs chart, which blends streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. Lead single "Get Out" re-enters at No. 28 (after debuting and peaking at No. 17 in February), while radio follow-up "Miracle" returns at No. 33 (a new peak) and "Graffiti" starts at No. 36. In all, five songs from the album have made the chart, as "My Enemy," featuring Matt Berninger (of The National), and "Never Say Die" previously hit Nos. 28 and 41, respectively.

"Get Out" peaked at No. 15 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, while "Miracle" is bubbling under the latest list.

Love Is Dead is CHVRCHES' first album to feature outside production, with Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Sia, Foo Fighters) having produced nine songs and Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Susan Boyle, Westlife) having co-produced one with the band.