Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, as “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” launches at the top spot with 26,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The No. 1 bow bests the band’s previous No. 2 top peak set by “Order of the Black” in 2010. (On the overall Billboard 200, “Catacombs” enters at No. 5.)
The new release also launches atop Hard Rock Albums, where it’s the group’s second No. 1, following “Order.” “Catacombs” is Black Label Society’s ninth studio release since frontman Zakk Wylde, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, formed the band in 1998.
“My Dying Time,” the lead single from the new album, has reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, marking the band’s best showing on the list since its first entry, “Stillborn,” peaked at No. 12 in 2003.
Also notable on Top Rock Albums, hardcore punk band OFF! notches its highest debut with “Wasted Years.” The set starts at No. 10 (5,000 sold), besting the No. 33 start and peak of the act’s 2012 self-titled debut.
After its use on WWE’s Wrestlemania XXX pay-per-view event on April 6, Imagine Dragons’ “Monster,” originally written for the “Infinity Blade III” video game soundtrack, re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 21. The track returns thanks to a 354 percent increase to 15,000 downloads sold. “Monster” peaked at No. 13 on Hot Rock Songs in October.
Jack White claims the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Rock Songs with the instrumental “High Ball Stepper” (No. 28), fueled by its No. 21 entrance on Rock Digital Songs (13,000 downloads sold). The wordless track previews his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” due June 10.
The new set’s first proper single (not “Stepper”) will be released on Record Store Day (April 19), as White attempts to crack the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-released song; he plans to perform, record, press (on 7-inch vinyl) and sell the track in less than a day.
Among other debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Wild Cub’s jangly indie-pop track “Thunder Clatter” debuts at No. 50. The song bullets at its No. 19 peak so far in its 11th week on Alternative Songs. It built familiarity after landing a synch in a global commercial for Bose last year.
On Mainstream Rock Songs, Chevelle achieves its fourth No. 1, as “Take Out the Gunman” rises 2-1. The song’s ascent halts the five-week reign of The Pretty Reckless’ “Heaven Knows.” When the latter title, sung by the group’s Taylor Momsen, notched its fifth frame at No. 1 last week, it tied Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ 1982 classic “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” for the list’s longest command for a song sung by a female vocalist.