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Ace Frehley: Chart ‘Invader’ As New Album Rules Rock Charts

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nets his highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, and his first top 10, as 'Space Invader' debuts at No. 9 with 19,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nets his highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, and his first top 10, as Space Invader debuts at No. 9 with 19,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set starts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and the Tastemakers chart, and bows at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums. The two No. 1 ranks are Frehley’s first as a soloist on Billboard tallies.

Space Invader surpasses the No. 26 Billboard 200 peak of his previous highest-charting album, his self-titled 1978 solo debut, released at the height of Kiss-mania. The new set is Frehley’s first since 2009’s Anomaly, which debuted and peaked at No. 27 (with a 17,000-unit start).

The 63-year-old Frehley left Kiss in 1982 but rejoined the group from 1996 through 2002. After his 1978 solo set, he formed the band Frehley’s Comet and released the group’s self-titled debut in 1987 and Trouble Walkin’ in 1989. (Twenty years later, he returned with Anomaly.)

Frehley is the first Kiss member to chart a top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as a soloist. The group’s Gene Simmons previously held the high-water mark, when his eponymous set reached No. 22 in 1979. NICKELBACK’S BACK: Nickelback blasts onto Hot Rock Songs at No. 13 with “Edge of a Revolution.” Sales account for 88 percent of its start, as the track enters Hard Rock Digital Songs at No. 1 with 26,000 downloads sold.

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