August Burns Red scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated July 18), as Found in Far Away Places starts with 29,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The metal band's sixth studio set also starts at No. 1 on Independent Albums and Hard Rock Albums.
The group also matches its highest peak on the Billboard 200 (No. 9), where its previous release, Rescue & Restore, likewise debuted (with 27,000 sold) in 2013.Press Play: Also on Top Rock Albums, X Ambassadors open at No. 3 with their debut album, VHS (25,000 sold). The title also starts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 (No. 7). The set's lead track, "Renegades," spends a third week at No. 1 on Rock Airplay (with 13 million audience impressions) and a fourth week leading Alternative Songs, while crossing over to a No. 35 bow on Adult Pop Songs.Keep Shining: On Hot Rock Songs, Shinedown soars in with "Cut the Cord," new at No. 11. The metal group led the list for four weeks in 2010 with "The Crow & the Butterfly" and most recently hit the top 10 (No. 9) with "Unity" in 2009.
The new song also marks Shinedown's highest debut on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart (No. 9). As previously reported, the track, premiered on Billboard.com (June 29), is Shinedown's 19th Mainstream Rock Songs top 10 in as many appearances, extending the group's record for the most consecutive top 10s in the chart's 34-year history.
Following Shinedown's last album, 2012's Amaryllis, "Cord" previews the band's fifth studio album, due later this year.