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Kid Rock Plants ‘Kiss’ at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

Rock racks his third leader on the list. Plus, chart action for Nate Ruess, MisterWives & Alabama Shakes.

Kid Rock‘s First Kiss debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, selling 137,000 copies in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (with 146,000 overall equivalent album units).

The Detroit rocker’s 10th studio album marks his eighth top 10 on the Billboard 200, with each new studio set — beginning with his first entry, 1998’s Devil Without a Cause — reaching the top 10. Rock has scored one leader on the big chart, 2007’s Rock N Roll Jesus. First Kiss is his third No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, following Jesus and 2010’s Born Free.


Rock’s previous set, Rebel Soul, started at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in 2012, with 146,000 first-week copies sold.

The sturdy sales of the new album help propel Rock to a No. 5 bow on the Billboard Artist 100.

The new set’s title track becomes Rock’s first top 10 (13-6) on Hot Rock Songs, adding top Digital and Streaming Gainer awards, including a 154 percent increase in streaming (led by 297,000 U.S. Spotify streams). The track also lifts 20-18 on Mainstream Rock Songs, where Rock has tallied three top 10s.

FUN. STUFF: Also on Hot Rock Songs, Nate Ruess, lead vocalist of fun., debuts at No. 11 with “Nothing Without Love,” powered by 20,000 downloads sold. The new track (featuring backup vocals by Lykke Li) arrives in advance of Ruess’ first solo album, due this summer.

The single also starts at No. 36 on Alternative Songs and No. 46 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks. Fun. recently announced its hiatus, with no new album or tour in the works as each member pursues solo projects.

‘HOUSE’ OPENING: MisterWives‘ debut album Our Own House starts at No. 12 on Top Rock Albums and No. 31 on the Billboard 200 with 11,000 sold. The New York-based alt-pop band also debuts at No. 7 on Alternative Albums.

The new set’s title track arrives at No. 25 on Hot Rock Songs, while “Reflections” rises 26-17 (after reaching No. 13 in January). The latter cut peaked at No. 31 on Alternative Songs in December.

SNL’ SPARKS SHAKES: After performing the song on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28, Alabama Shakes‘ “Don’t Wanna Fight” re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 21 with 10,000 sold, a 231 percent increase in sales. The track had spent a prior week at No. 41 following its Feb. 10 release.

“Fight” climbs 10-3 on Adult Alternative Songs, marking the band’s second-highest-charting hit; “Hold On” led for a week in June 2012. The alternative blues-rock band’s second album, Sound & Color, is due April 21.