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Gorillaz & All That Remains Crown Rock Album Charts

Gorillaz land their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, while All That Remains rules Hard Rock Albums for a second time.

Billboard‘s rock album charts are led by two familiar faces, as Humanz by Gorillaz debuts atop the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums tallies (dated May 20), while All That Remains opens at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums with Madness.

Humanz premieres at No. 1 on the Rock and Alternative lists with 140,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 115,000 are via pure album sales. That’s the top weekly sales figure for the band in its career, which spans five full-length albums; previously, 2010’s Plastic Beach debuted with a best of 112,000 copies sold.


The 115,000-copy start for Humanz grants the cartoon band, led by Blur‘s Damon Albarn, its first weekly top-selling album in the U.S., as the LP bows at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. On the consumption-based Billboard 200, its No. 2 debut matches the best for Gorillaz, first set by Plastic Beach.

The new album’s equivalent album unit sum of 140,000 also marks the best weekly total for a rock album in 2017, topping the 132,000 achieved by John Mayer‘s The Search for Everything (May 6).

In another 2017 best, Humanz earns the highest total on the Vinyl Albums chart for a release this year, arriving with 12,000 vinyl copies sold. It’s the biggest single-week number since Radiohead‘s A Moon Shaped Pool made a splash with 19,000 on the chart dated Oct. 22, 2016.

Gorillaz also bellow on Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart, where the band occupies 14 of the survey’s 50 slots, led by “Saturnz Barz” (featuring Popcaan), which rises 13-11. Landing 14 songs on the chart puts Gorillaz in a three-way tie for the second-most titles logged on Hot Rock Songs simultaneously, with Mumford & Sons (Oct. 20, 2012) and, most recently, Blink-182 (July 23, 2016). Only David Bowie (21 titles, Jan. 30, 2016) has charted more at the same time, following the Jan. 8, 2016, release of his album Blackstar and his death two days later.

Meanwhile, All That Remains’ No. 1 debut on Hard Rock Albums marks the Springfield, Massachusetts, heavy metal act’s second topper on the tally. Madness debuts with 11,000 equivalent album units (10,000 in pure sales). The band’s first No. 1, For We Are Many, debuted atop Hard Rock Albums dated Oct. 30, 2010; since then, 2012’s A War You Cannot Win bowed and peaked at No. 2 while 2015’s The Order of Things reached No. 3.

The new album’s lead single “Madness” has reached No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It could become All That Remains’ seventh top 10 on the ranking; one, 2013’s “Stand Up,” crowned the chart for two weeks.