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Mastodon, Demon Hunter, Bob Dylan & Aimee Mann Debut on Rock Album Charts

Mastodon's "Emperor of Sand" also arrives atop Alternative Albums & Hard Rock Albums.

Mastodon triples up atop Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts (dated April 22), as Emperor of Sand, the heavy metal quartet’s seventh studio album, debuts at No. 1 on each list with 43,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.

Of that sum, 41,000 are from pure album sales, giving the band its best sales week since 2009’s Crack the Skye, which moved a narrowly higher sum in its first week. Its two studio albums in between, 2011’s The Hunter and 2014’s Once More ‘Round the Sun, opened with sales of 39,000 and 34,000, respectively. The group also topped all three surveys with Sun in its opening week.

Sand also starts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking Mastodon’s third consecutive and total top 10. Hunter premiered at No. 10 and Sun debuted at No. 6.

The release of the new album coincides with lead single “Show Yourself” breaking 12-8 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, becoming Mastodon’s first top 10 on the ranking.

Three other albums debut in the top 10 of Top Rock Albums. Demon Hunter‘s eighth studio set Outlive starts at No. 2, the Seattle-based hard rock band’s best rank, with 19,000 equivalent album units, including 18,000 in sales, also its best sales week.

Bob Dylan follows with Triplicate at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (13,000 units), the legendary artist’s 10th top five on the tally and his 38th studio album overall. (Top Rock Albums began as a Billboard chart in 2006, the year that Dylan released album number 32, Modern Times.)


At No. 7 on Top Rock Albums, Aimee Mann‘s Mental Illness debuts with 10,000 units, representing her first top 10 on the chart. The former ’til tuesday frontwoman had reached a prior No. 11 high with 2008’s @#%&*! Smilers. In between Mental Illness and her last solo set, 2012’s Charmer, which hit No. 14 on Top Rock Albums, she reached No. 15 with the self-titled debut from The Both, the duo of Mann and Ted Leo.

Dylan and Mann’s new LPs also launch at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. The soundtrack to HBO’s Big Little Lies launches at No. 1 on the list (20,000 units). Its tracklist includes, among others, Alabama Shakes and Leon Bridges.