The band's seventh LP also marks its highest rank on the Billboard 200. Plus, debuts for Neil Young, Tori Amos and more.
The band's Sleep Well Beast, its seventh studio album, debuts atop both charts (dated Sept. 30) with 63,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 58,000 are pure album sales.
Beast becomes The National's third No. 1 on each chart, all achieved consecutively, following 2010's High Violet and 2013's Trouble Will Find Me. The new set brings the band's second-best sales week, behind only Trouble's start with 75,000 copies sold (June 8, 2013).
The new album is also The National's highest-charting on the Billboard 200, launching at No. 2. Previously, Violet and Trouble bowed and peaked at No. 3.
Concurrently, the group earns its first top 40 titles on the streaming, airplay and sales-driven Hot Rock Songs chart, as lead single "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" re-enters at No. 31, while follow-up "Day I Die" debuts at No. 39. In August, "System" became The National's first No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.
JACK'S BACK: The rest of the top 10 on Top Rock Albums is infused with debuts, with The National followed by Jack Johnson, whose All the Light Above It Too bows at No. 2 (44,000 units), marking the singer-songwriter's eighth top 10 (dating to the chart's 2006 inception).
Johnson's seventh full-length also debuts atop Americana/Folk Albums, where it's his third No. 1, following 2013's From Here to Now to You and its follow-up live EP in 2014.
"My Mind Is for Sale," the lead single from Light, reaches a new peak of No. 5 on Adult Alternative Songs, becoming Johnson's 16th top five hit on the tally. He first reached the region when his debut entry, 2002's "Flake," became his first of nine No. 1s.
ALLMAN REMEMBERED: Gregg Allman debuts at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums with the posthumous Southern Blood, after the legendary rocker died May 27 of complications from liver cancer. The set moved 29,000 units and marks Allman's best standing on the chart, exceeding the No. 4 debut and peak of 2011's Low Country Blues.
ALSO DEBUTING: Neil Young's Hitchhiker starts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (19,000 units), arriving as his 16th top 10. Tori Amos bows at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums with Native Invader (12,000), her fifth top 10.
Elsewhere, Living Colour returns to the Billboard charts with Shade, which bows at No. 12 on Hard Rock Albums (4,000). It's the first chart appearance for the band, which scored a No. 13 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989 with "Cult of Personality," since that hit appeared on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart in July 2013, and its first charting album since 2009's The Chair in the Doorway (No. 161 on the Billboard 200, Oct. 3, 2009).