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Modest Mouse Debuts With No. 1 Rock Album; Hozier Ties Record

Modest Mouse's first album in eight years, 'Strangers to Ourselves,' soars in. Plus, Hozier matches the longest reign ever on Hot Rock Songs.

Modest Mouse‘s first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves, starts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 73,000 sold (according to Nielsen Music), It also helps launch the band at No. 12 on the Billboard Artist 100.

The Isaac Brock-led group’s prior release, 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank, also topped Top Rock Albums and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 129,000 sold. The new title’s lead single “Lampshades on Fire” tops Alternative Songs for a second week and logged a four-week run at No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs.

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Strangers additionally debuts atop Vinyl Albums (11,000), a list the group last led in November with a re-pressing of 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West.

Hozier Matches Mark: Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” is on the cusp of breaking the record for the longest run at No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs (which launched in 2009). At 23 weeks on top, the track ties Imagine Dragon‘s “Radioactive” from 2013 for the longest lead on the list, despite decreasing in airplay, streaming and sales. At No. 2, Walk the Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” is swiftly closing the gap, sporting top Streaming, Sales and Airplay Gainer awards, led by a 23 percent increase in sales, making for 83,000 downloads sold.

‘Local’ News: Alternative rock/rap duo Twenty One Pilots score their highest peak on Hot Rock Songs at No. 8, as new track “Fairly Local” starts with 39,000 downloads sold. The single precedes the Ohio duo’s second release on Fueled By Ramen and fourth studio album, Blurryface, due May 19. The pair previously charted as high as No. 20 on Hot Rock Songs with “Car Radio” last year.

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‘Congregation’ Rises: On Mainstream Rock Songs, Foo Fighters land their sixth No. 1 as “Congregation” rises 2-1. The band wrapped a 13-week run at No. 1 at the format in January with “Something From Nothing.” It first led the chart in 2005 with “Best of You.”

Bay Returns: At No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs, James Bay‘s “Let It Go” re-enters at a new peak (after previously charting for a week at No. 43 earlier this month). The track’s video debuted March 23, the same day that the British singer/songwriter’s debut album The Chaos and the Calm (which will debut on next week’s Billboard 200) was released. 

‘Crystal’ Clear Debut: Below Bay on Hot Rock Songs, Of Monsters and Men debut at No. 15 with new song “Crystals,” the Icelandic folk-pop group’s highest debut and first entry since “Silhouettes” started at No. 33 in December 2013. The band previously ranked as high as No. 3 in 2012 with breakout hit “Little Talks.”

The new song previews the band’s sophomore album Beneath the Skin, due June 9. It also starts at No. 15 on Adult Alternative Songs, where “Little Talks” reached No. 1.