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.