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Death Cab for Cutie's 'Thank You For Today' Rules Top Rock Albums Chart

The band’s ninth studio album also crowns Alternative Albums and Vinyl Albums.

Death Cab for Cutie debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with Thank You For Today, which crowns the Sept. 1-dated tallies with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 23, according to Nielsen Music.

Of that sum, 22,000 were in traditional album sales.

The album is the fourth to top both charts for the five-piece, led by frontman Ben Gibbard. Each of the band’s last four albums have ruled both rankings, starting with Narrow Stairs (May 31, 2008) and followed by Codes and Keys (June 18, 2011) and Kintsugi (April 18, 2015) prior to the arrival of Today.

Today concurrently starts at No. 13 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and is the band’s first No. 1 on Vinyl Albums, with 4,000 of its 22,000 albums sold coming via vinyl copies.

“Gold Rush,” the album’s lead single, spends its sixth week at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart and moves 9-7 on Alternative Songs. On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay, “Rush” spends a third week at No. 6 but reaches a new high in weekly audience, with 7.9 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 26.

“Rush” is also the greatest gainer in streaming for the Hot Rock Songs chart, which blends radio airplay, digital downloads and streams. It moves 17-15 on the tally, a new peak for the song in its 10th week on the list.

It’s joined by album opener “I Dreamt We Spoke Again,” which re-enters the chart at No. 42.

Today is the ninth studio album from Death Cab for Cutie and marks its first album without contributions from guitarist Chris Walla, who was with the band from 1997 to 2014.