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Evanescence Scores Second Hard Rock Albums No. 1 With ‘The Bitter Truth’

For the second time, Evanescence is No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums

For the second time, Evanescence is No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Albums chart.

The Bitter Truth, the Amy Lee-led band’s first LP of all-new material in nearly a decade, debuts atop the list dated April 10 with 29,000 equivalent album units (26,000 in album sales) earned in the March 25-April 1 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

Evanescence previously ruled Hard Rock Albums (which began in 2007) with its self-titled effort for three weeks beginning in October 2011.


The Bitter Truth also starts at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. The band had last appeared on both lists with a new release in 2017 with the No. 1 Synthesis, which featured new material as well as orchestral reworkings of some of the act’s song. The group has earned three leaders on Top Rock Albums (The Open Door, 2006; Evanescence; and Synthesis) and two on Alternative Albums (Evanescence, Synthesis).

The new set is the top-selling rock album of the week, as it opens at No. 3 on Top Album Sales, below titles by Carrie Underwood and NF. Each of Evanescence’s five studio albums has reached the Top Album Sales top five.

Four tracks from The Bitter Truth reach the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, led by “Wasted on You,” which bows at No. 12. It’s followed by “The Game Is Over” (No. 13), current single “Better Without You” (No. 15) and “Use My Voice” (No. 17). The group’s four simultaneous entries mark the most by a woman or female-led band since the chart began in June 2020.

“Better Without You” also lifts 35-33 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The song is the second entry from the new LP, after “Use My Voice” hit No. 17 in November.