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Mitski Lands First Top Rock Albums & Top Alternative Albums No. 1 With ‘Laurel Hell’

The singer-songwriter also charts seven tracks from the set on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs.

Mitski leads Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts for the first time, as Laurel Hell debuts at No. 1 on the Feb. 19-dated rankings.

The set bows with 36,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week (Feb. 4-10), according to MRC Data. Of that sum, 24,000 units are via album sales.

Mitski posted her previous best on both charts with 2018’s Be the Cowboy, which peaked at No. 6 on Top Alternative Albums and No. 7 on Top Rock Albums.


The singer-songwriter is the first solo woman to rule Top Rock Albums in 2022. Previously, Alison Krauss led with her Robert Plant collaboration Raise the Roof on the Dec. 4, 2021, list.

Laurel Hell also starts as Mitski’s first No. 1 on the all-genre Top Album Sales chart; Cowboy reached No. 11. On the Billboard 200, the new LP launches at No. 5, marking her second appearance on the chart, following Cowboy‘s No. 52 bow and peak.

Seven songs from Laurel Hell concurrently appear on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, led by “Stay Soft,” which debuts at No. 23 on the strength of 2.1 million U.S. streams. So far this year, Mitski boasts the most simultaneous songs on the survey for a woman and the second-most overall after The Lumineers‘ eight entries on the Jan. 29 survey.

“The Only Heartbreaker” (No. 36) is the lead radio single from Laurel Hell. It rises 8-6 on Adult Alternative Airplay, where it’s Mitski’s first top 10 (and her first on any songs chart), and ranks at No. 46 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay tally with 673,000 audience impressions.