Rock band Avenged Sevenfold comes flying in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The group's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," sold 159,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's the second-largest sales week for the rock band, just shy of the debut of its last album, 2010's "Nightmare" (No. 1 with 163,000).

The new album's title track has climbed to No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, and spent the past four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Active Rock airplay tally.

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