San Diego’s Pierce the Veil debuts atop Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts (dated June 4) for a second time, as Misadventures, the quartet’s fourth studio album, starts with 50,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
The sum nearly doubles the band’s prior best sales week of 27,000, set with 2012’s Collide with the Sky, which arrived as its first No. 1 on all three charts.
On the Billboard 200, Misadventures begins at No. 4, another best for the band, surpassing Collide (No. 12). Additionally, three of the new album’s titles ranks on Hot Rock Songs: lead single “Circles” (a re-entry at No. 32), “Floral & Fading” and “Dive In” (new at Nos. 43 and 44, respectively).
Pierce the Veil leads six debuts in the Top Rock Albums top 10. At No. 3, Hatebreed swoops in with The Concrete Confessional, the Jamey Jasta-led metalcore act’s seventh studio album. The set debuts with 17,000 sold, and its No. 3 start marks the band’s best rank on Top Rock Albums (the chart began in 2006), exceeding 2013’s The Divinity of Purpose (No. 6). Confessional also opens at No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums, arriving as Hatebreed’s fourth top 10 on the ranking.
Continuing the hard rock trend, DevilDriver begins at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums, selling 12,000 copies of new album Trust No One. The California heavy metal act’s seventh studio release represents its best position on Top Rock Albums, while its sales week is its best since 2009’s Pray for Villains moved 15,000. Concurrently, the new LP debuts at No. 3 on Hard Rock Albums.
The No. 5 spot on Top Rock Albums belongs to Sawyer Fredericks, as the debut full-length, A Good Storm, from the eighth-season (2015) winner of NBC’s The Voice debuts with 11,000 sold (a few ticks better than last fall’s self-titled EP, which started with 9,000; Nov. 28, 2015). Fredericks’ new effort also begins at No. 2 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart.
Finally, Nos. 6 and 7 on Top Rock Albums are debuts by Modern Baseball and the Grateful Dead, respectively. The former’s 10,000-copy start for third album Holy Ghost bests the No. 20 debut (and 4,000-copy sales week) of 2014’s You’re Gonna Miss It All; the set also arrives at No. 3 on Alternative Albums. Meanwhile, the Dead’s new live-album box set July 1978: The Complete Recordings moved 10,000 and includes sets from the band’s shows in Kansas City, St. Paul, Minn., Omaha, Neb., and Morrison, Colo.