Trance trio Above & Beyond debuts at a career-high No. 3 on the Feb. 10-dated Billboard 200 chart with Common Ground. The act’s fourth studio album, and first top 10, starts with 64,000 equivalent album units, another career best, largely driven by traditional album sales (62,000; the act’s best sales week), according to Nielsen Music.
The album’s sales were powered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion in association with Above & Beyond’s 2017-2018 U.S. tour. The trek launched on Dec. 29, but tickets went on sale last September.
Common Ground is the highest-charting dance/electronic album since the Sept. 30, 2017-dated Billboard 200, when ODESZA’s A Moment Apart debuted and peaked at No. 3 (63,000 units in its opening frame; of which 52,000 were in traditional album sales).
Common Ground also logs the biggest week for a dance/electronic set, both in terms of overall units and album sales, since The Chainsmokers debuted at No. 1 with Memories… Do Not Open on the April 29, 2017-dated tally (221,000 units; 166,000 in album sales). Like Common Ground, both A Moment Apart and Memories… Do Not Open saw their debut frames bolstered by sales generated from ticket/album bundle redemption offers.
The act earns its second topper on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, following We Are All We Need in 2015. Common Ground is the English trance trio’s sixth top 10 and 13th charted title, a run that began with 2008’s Sirens of the Sea (credited as by Above & Beyond presents Oceanlab).
Concurrently, the new album’s “Northern Soul,” featuring Richard Bedford, jumps 12-7 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (besting its prior No. 10 peak). “Northern” becomes Above & Beyond’s highest-charting hit on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, bowing at No. 42; it surpasses the act’s other charted song, “We’re All We Need,” featuring Zoe Johnston, which peaked at No. 45 in February 2015. “Northern” banked 338,000 domestic streams and 1,000 downloads sold in the tracking week.