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Arctic Monkeys Arrive at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums & Alternative Albums Charts

Arctic Monkeys' first album in nearly five years picks up where its predecessor left off, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts dated May 26.

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, the band's sixth studio album, debuts atop both lists with 47,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 37,000 are via traditional album sales.

Meanwhile, the album's total of 10,000 streaming-equivalent album units marks the second-largest streaming week for a rock album released in 2018, trailing only Fall Out Boy's M A N I A, which earned 11,000 of its 130,000 total units from streaming on the Feb. 3-dated tally.

Hotel + Casino also debuts atop the Vinyl Albums chart with 16,000 in vinyl sales, the second-largest sum for any album in 2018; Jack White's Boarding House Reach opened with 27,000 in vinyl sales (April 7).

Arctic Monkeys first ruled Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with AM , which led the former chart for one week (Sept. 28, 2013) and the latter for two (the same frame and Sept. 20, 2014).


Eight of the new album's 11 songs infuse the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart, paced by lead single "Four Out of Five," which starts at No. 12, the band's best debut yet. The total more than doubles the group's prior output on Hot Rock Songs, as, previously, five tracks, all from AM, made the ranking, led by the No. 10-peaking "Do I Wanna Know?"

"Four" also scores on multiple airplay charts, bounding in as Arctic Monkeys' highest debuts on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs at Nos. 28 and 30, respectively, with 2 million audience impressions on the former. The track also starts at No. 39 on Adult Alternative Songs.