On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10.
Of course, there was lots of chart action elsewhere on the chart. Let’s take a closer look:
— Billy Idol, Kings & Queens of the Underground – No. 34 — Iconic rocker Billy Idol returns to the Billboard 200 with his first new studio album of original material in over nine years, as Kings & Queens of the Underground bows at No. 34.
The album — his 11th chart hit — was released on Idol’s own imprint (BFI) through Kobalt Label Services, and is the three-time Grammy Award nominee’s highest-debuting album ever. It’s also his highest-charting set since 1990’s Charmed Life climbed to No. 11 (off the strength of his smash single “Cradle of Love,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100).
The new album was mostly produced by Grammy-winner Trevor Horn, who has worked with everyone from Seal and Yes to Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Grace Jones. Kings & Queens also features two songs co-written and produced by Greg Kurstin (Sia’s “Chandelier,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”).
Idol last charted with a new studio project on the Billboard 200 with the 2005 release Devil’s Playground. It debuted and peaked at No. 46 and spawned the No. 26 Mainstream Rock Songs hit “Scream.”
– Barbra Streisand, Partners – No. 8 – With another 40,000 sold, Partners‘ total sales cross the half-million mark: 526,000 copies to date. It’s her best-selling release since 2003’s The Movie Album (694,000).
– Susan Boyle, Hope – No. 16 – Susan Boyle bows with her latest release (20,000 sold), granting her six consecutive top 20 albums in as many years. She arrived with 2009’s blockbuster No. 1 I Dreamed a Dream, which spent six weeks atop the list.
– Andrea Bocelli, Opera: The Ultimate Collection – No. 57 – Bocelli claims his seventh No. 1 on Traditional Classical Albums, and first in 11 years, with this new compilation. He last led the list with Sacred Arias: Special Edition, for nine weeks, beginning Nov. 1, 2003.
— Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive Volume Five: December 31st 1975, Keystone Berkeley – No. 81 – All things Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead have been consistently popular on the Billboard 200 in recent years. Since 2010, they’ve charted a combined 23 albums on the chart (18 for the Dead, five for Garcia).
— Sleater-Kinney, Start Together///1994-2006 – No. 176 – The limited edition, seven-LP colored vinyl box set of the band’s album catalog bows with 2,000 sold. The set, priced at $139.99, also debuts at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart.