The Black Keys earn their third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and first leader on the Billboard 200, with “Turn Blue” moving 164,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Blue” also marks the band’s third No. 1 on Alternative Albums and second leader on Vinyl Albums.
2011’s “El Camino” reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (with 206,000 sold upon its start). The new set is the duo’s eighth studio album dating to its 2002 debut and fourth consecutive release produced by Danger Mouse. “Fever,” the first single from “Blue,” crowns the Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts for a second week each.
On Hot Rock Songs, Coldplay scores its first No. 1, as “A Sky Full of Stars” shoots 6-1, bumping Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” to No. 2 after a week on top. As previously reported, “Stars” soars 43-10 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the band’s third top 10 and first since “Viva La Vida,” which ruled the June 28, 2008, chart.
Coldplay performed “Stars,” which Avicii co-wrote and produced, on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on May 3. It’s the third charted song from Coldplay’s sixth studio album, “Ghost Stories,” which appears headed for the year’s highest weekly sales sum on next week’s Billboard 200.
Back on Top Rock Albums, Tori Amos collects her third No. 2 set with “Unrepentant Geraldines” (20,000 sold). The album matches the Top Rock Albums peaks of 2007’s “American Doll Posse” and 2009’s “Abnormally Attracted to Sin” and marks the singer/songwriter’s second No. 2 on Alternative Albums. On the Billboard 200, the new set (No. 8) is Amos’ eighth top 10. Amos chart’s her 16th album on the Billboard 200 dating to her 1992 debut, “Little Earthquakes.”
Cleveland metal band Mushroomhead earns its first No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, and highest rank on Top Rock Albums (No. 5) and the Billboard 200 (No. 20), with “The Righteous & the Butterfly” (11,000). On Hard Rock Albums, the new set bests the band’s previous top peak (No. 4), set by 2010’s “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children.” The new album includes an abrasive cover of Adele’s “Rumor Has It.”
Swans notch their first top 10 on Top Rock Albums (No. 10) and highest debut on the Billboard 200 (No. 37) with “To Be Kind” (8,000). The experimental noise-rock band led by Michael Gira formed in 1982 and disbanded in the mid-’90s; “Kind” is the group’s third album since reuniting in 2010, with the two-hour set marking its 13th studio album.
Male/female duo Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut launches at No. 12 on Top Rock Albums, No. 9 on Alternative Albums and No. 40 on the Billboard 200 (7,000). The project is a collaboration between Amelia Meath, of the folk trio Mountain Man, and Nick Sanborn, electronic producer and member of alt-rock band Megafaun. The title also bows at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Albums.
Over on Rock Digital Songs, Jack White scores his highest position (No. 16) with the debut of “Just One Drink,” the third charted cut from his forthcoming second solo album (June 10). Lead radio single “Lazaretto” spent a week at No. 19 three weeks ago, while the instrumental “High Ball Stepper” charted for a week at No. 21 (April 26). On the Alternative Songs airplay chart, “Lazaretto” lifts 13-11 to pass 2012’s “Sixteen Saltines” (No. 12) as his highest-ranking solo hit. With the White Stripes, White has landed six Alternative Songs top 10s.