After four tries, the fifth is a charm: Mayday Parade lands its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated Oct. 31) with fifth entry Black Lines. The set starts with first-week sales of 16,000, according to Nielsen Music.
The band previously reached No. 4 on both Top Rock Albums (with 2013's Monsters in the Closet) and Alternative Albums (with Monsters and 2011's self-titled LP), although the new set's opening sales are roughly half of Monsters' 30,000 first-week sum.
Black Lines also debuts at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, the band's third-best showing on the chart; Monsters debuted and peaked at No. 10, and its eponymous 2011 set, No. 12.
The Tallahassee, Fla., rockers are joined in the Top Rock Albums top 10 by three other debuting acts. City and Colour, the acoustic/folk alias of Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green (City and Colour is a play on his real name), with fifth LP If I Should Go Before You (No. 2, 12,000 sold). It's the act's top rank on the chart, besting 2013's No. 8-peaking The Hurry and the Harm. The new set also bows atop Folk Albums, as did The Hurry and the Harm.
A Skylit Drive's fifth full-length, ASD, starts at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums (7,000 sold). The post-hardcore the band previously charted as high as No. 12 with 2013's Rise. Meanwhile, the Decemberists enter at No. 9 (7,000) with new EP Florasongs, featuring five tracks that didn't make the cut for the Portland folk-rockers' No. 2-charting What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in February.