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Imagine Dragons’ ‘Evolve’ Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums Charts

The set starts as the band's third No. 1 on each chart. Plus, debuts for 311 & Radiohead.

Imagine Dragons earn their third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, as Evolve arrives atop both rankings (dated July 15) with 147,000 equivalent album units (of which 109,000 are pure sales), according to Nielsen Music.

Each of the Las Vegas band’s previous studio full-lengths also topped both charts, starting with 2012’s Night Visions, which debuted at No. 2 (Sept. 22, 2012) and eventually spent nine nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2013 and 2014. 2015 follow-up Smoke + Mirrors debuted at No. 1 (with 172,000 copies sold).

Evolve‘s start represents the best single-week equivalent-unit sum for a rock act in 2017, eclipsing the 140,000-unit mark of Humanz by Gorillaz (May 20). In terms of pure album sales, it’s third-best, behind John Mayer‘s The Search for Everything (120,000) and, again, Humanz (115,000).

Concurrently, Imagine Dragons boast four titles in the top 10 of the Hot Rock Songs chart, with Evolve lead single “Believer” reigning for a 17th week. “Thunder” reaches a new peak at No. 2, up from No. 3; “Whatever It Takes” jumps 11-5 (returning to its peak); and “Walking the Wire” falls 6-9. “Believer” also reaches a new best on the Billboard Hot 100, jumping 11-6 to become the first rock song to rank in the top 10 since Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” (Dec. 24, 2016).

“Believer” leads the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart for a 14th week with 13.7 million audience impressions, having already paced Alternative Songs for 13 weeks, the longest reign since Imagine Dragons’ own “Radioactive” also led for 13 weeks in 2013. “Believer” also reaches a new peak on Pop Songs (13-12) and Adult Pop Songs (5-2), tying the band’s best rank on the latter chart, equaling that of both “Radioactive” and “Demons.”

The Top Rock Albums top 10 features four debuts beyond Imagine Dragons, led by 311‘s MOSAIC. The Omaha, Nebraska, band’s 12th studio full-length starts at No. 2 on both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 39,000 units (37,000 in sales), marking 311’s fourth album to reach at least No. 2 on both charts. One set, 2014’s Stereolithic, reached No. 1, moving 41,000 copies (March 29, 2014). The new album is additionally 311’s 10th top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), a streak dating to the No. 4 debut and peak of 1997’s Transistor.

Meanwhile, Radiohead‘s reissue of its 1997 album OK Computer, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017, debuts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (13,000 units; 10,000 in sales) and veterans Jeff Tweedy (the frontman of Wilco) and blues luminary Joe Bonamassa round out the top 10 with entrances at Nos. 9 and 10, as Together at Last and Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening bow with 11,000 and 9,000 units, respectively.