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Ghost Earns Third Top Rock Albums No. 1 With ‘Impera’

The set is also the band's fourth Top Hard Rock Albums ruler.

Ghost crowns Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts for the third time in a row, as Impera blasts in atop the March 26-dated surveys.

The release arrives with 70,000 equivalent album units earned in the March 11-17 tracking week, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

Of the set’s starting sum, nearly 63,000 are from album sales (28,000 on vinyl; 21,000 on CD; 12,000 digital; and 2,000 on cassette). As previously reported, Impera soars in with the biggest sales week of the year for any album.


Ghost’s previous full-length, 2018’s Prequelle, also debuted at No. 1 on both rankings, as did its 2016 EP Popestar. 2013’s Infestissumam additionally reigned on Top Hard Rock Albums, granting the Swedish band – synonymous with its members’ striking, masked costumes – four leaders on that list, to go along with its three on Top Rock Albums.

Impera debuts at No. 2 on the all-format Billboard 200, Ghost’s highest rank, surpassing the No. 3 peak of Prequelle. It also rules Top Album Sales, where it’s Ghost’s first No. 1, after Prequelle reached No. 2.

Nine songs from the 12-track Impera appear on Hot Hard Rock Songs, paced by current single “Call Me Little Sunshine,” which zooms 10-3 and also re-enters Hot Rock & Alternative Songs at No. 34. “Kaisarion” represents the top debut of the bunch, bowing at No. 9.

“Sunshine” ranks at No. 9, down from its No. 8 high, on Mainstream Rock Airplay. Preceding single “Hunter’s Moon” crowned the tally for a week in January, becoming Ghost’s fourth No. 1 among eight top 10s.