Chevelle Scores First No. 1 on Rock Albums Chart

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The band returns with its first topper, 'La Gárgola.' Plus, Passenger and Future Islands debut on Hot Rock Songs

Chevelle scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as "La Gárgola" starts with 45,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The alt-metal band's seventh album, dating to its 1999 debut, also tops the Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

Chevelle previously peaked as high as No. 2 on Top Rock Albums with 2007's "Vena Sera." On the Billboard 200, the band's prior best was a No. 6 peak for "Sci-Fi Crimes" in 2009.

The first single from "La Gárgola," "Take Out the Gun Man," rises 27-25 (a new peak) on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Rock Songs chart in its eighth week. Radio is helping fuel the song's success, as the track bullets at No. 2 on Mainstream Rock Songs and No. 16 on the overall Rock Airplay chart.

Behind Chevelle, this week sees six other debut albums in the top 10 on Top Rock Albums: Chiodos' "Devil" (No. 3, with 18,000), Manchester Orchestra's "Cope" (No. 4), the Used's "Imaginary Enemy" (No. 5), the compilation "Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" (No. 6), Steel Panther's "All You Can Eat" (No. 7) and Lacuna Coil's "Broken Crown Halo" (No. 9).

Manchester Orchestra's "Cope," arguably the band's loudest, most straightforward rock album, marks its highest Top Rock Albums rank. Its No. 4 start bests the No. 8 debut and peak of its last entry, 2011's "Simple Math."

The Ronnie James Dio title is a tribute album to the legendary metal frontman of several bands, including Black Sabbath and Dio. The set features Metallica, Anthrax and Tenacious D, among others.

Just outside the Top Rock Albums top 10, twenty-three-year-old Mac DeMarco's breezy second full-length album "Salad Days" grants him his first charted title on the tally, debuting at No. 11 with 10,000 sold. Launching on the Billboard 200 at No. 30, the album also yields him his first No. 1 on any chart, as it debuts atop Vinyl Albums with vinyl accounting for 55 percent of its total sales. The set, released on Captured Tracks, concurrently debuts at No. 5 on Independent Albums.

Over on Hot Rock Songs, Bastille's "Pompeii" rules for an eighth week. Lorde's "Team" holds at its No. 2 peak, while American Authors' "Best Day of My Life" is also a non-mover at No. 3, adding top Airplay Gainer honors (83 million all-format audience impressions, up 7 percent).

As Passenger (the stage name of English folk/rock artist Mike Rosenberg) holds at No. 4 on Hot Rock Songs with former five-week No. 1 "Let Her Go," his next single, "Scare Away the Dark," debuts at No. 39. It starts with 90 percent of its chart points from sales, opening on Rock Digital Songs at No. 27 with 9,000 sold (up 122 percent).

The first single from Passenger's "Whispers," due June 10, the stirring "Dark" cries, "We want something real, not just hashtags and Twitter / It's the meaning of life and it's streamed live on YouTube."

Also notable on Hot Rock Songs, following their national TV debut, a quirky performance on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" on March 3 (with the clip having drawn more than 1 million views on YouTube), Baltimore indie band Future Islands notch their first hit, as "Seasons (Waiting On You)" debuts at No. 50. The song enters with a fairly even split of chart points between sales (3,000, up 525 percent) and streaming (246,000 U.S. streams, up 10 percent, according to Nielsen BDS).