Lifehouse shines with the highest debut on the Top Rock Albums chart dated June 13, as the band’s new independently-distributed album Out of the Wasteland enters at No. 3. It’s the band’s seventh studio album, and sold 15,000 copies in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music. Out of the Wasteland also starts at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart, as the set was issued through Ironworks Records/Kobalt Label Services. (It’s also the first No. 1 for Ironworks, which was launched in 2005 by singer/songwriter Jude Cole and actor Kiefer Sutherland.)
The set — which is the group’s first effort after a long tenure with Universal Music (on both DreamWorks and Geffen) — also launches at No. 26 on the Billboard 200.
Out of the Wasteland follows 2012’s Almeria, which debuted and peaked at No. 12 on Top Rock Albums and No. 55 on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 in its first week.
Lifehouse’s album chart history dates back to their debut effort, No Name Face, which was released in 2000 and peaked the following year at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It spawned the breakthrough hit single “Hanging By a Moment,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and finished 2001 as the year-end top Hot 100 song. ‘Hunger’ Games: After scoring its third leader on the June 6-dated Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, Of Monsters and Men‘s “Crystals” holds at No. 1 for a second week (up 3 percent in plays) and reaches the Rock Airplay chart’s top 10 (12-10). The Icelandic alternative/folk band notched two prior Rock Airplay top 10s: “Little Talks” (No. 3, in 2012) and “Mountain Sound” (No. 2, 2013). Meanwhile, the group’s “Hunger” debuts at No. 26 on Hot Rock Songs and No. 10 on Rock Digital Songs with 11,000 downloads sold. Both “Crystals” and “Hunger” are from Of Monsters and Men’s sophomore album, Beneath the Skin, due June 9.
‘Failure’ Launches: Breaking Benjamin’s “Failure” also busts into the top ten of Rock Airplay, rising 11-6 as the list’s greatest gainer with a 22 percent increase in audience impressions. The track holds at No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs for a fourth week, the band’s first Mainstream Rock Songs leader in more than five years. “Failure” precedes Dark Before Dawn (due June 23), the group’s first studio album since Dear Agony in 2009.