Beck bows with Colors, his 13th studio album and first since 2014’s Morning Phase, which won the Grammy Award for album of the year. The set starts with 46,000 equivalent album units (41,000 in traditional sales), according to Nielsen Music. Beck earns his second No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, following Morning Phase (which began with 87,000 copies sold).
Colors also starts at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200, tying Beck’s second-best rank on the chart, dating to his first appearance in 1994. Colors equals the No. 3 peak of Morning Phase and is bested only by Guero (No. 2, 2005).
Beck has already scored radio success with multiple Colors singles. “Dreams” was initially released two years ago and ruled the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for 12 weeks (beginning July 11, 2015) and peaked at No. 2 on Alternative Songs. It also marked his first appearance on Mainstream Rock Songs in 10 years, reaching No. 36. He followed with “Wow” (No. 5, Adult Alternative Songs; No. 10, Alternative Songs) in 2016. “Dear Life” hit No. 14 in a brief run on Adult Alternative Songs in September, while latest hit “Up All Night” reaches a new peak of No. 2 on Adult Alternative Songs and spends a second week at its No. 8 high on Alternative Songs.
In all, seven albums debut in the top 10 of Top Rock Albums, the most in a week in 2017 (and since the chart switched to a consumption-based methodology, from pure sales, earlier in the year). The last time seven albums debuted in the top 10 was nearly a year ago: on Nov. 12, 2016, when Korn’s The Serenity of Suffering bowed at No. 1, followed by albums from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Leonard Cohen, The Pretty Reckless, I Prevail, Jimmy Eat World and Elvis Presley.
St. Vincent scores the top debut after Beck, as Masseduction starts at No. 3 (29,000 units), the singer-songwriter’s best rank on Top Rock Albums, surpassing the No. 4 peak of 2014’s St. Vincent. The new set, which also bows at No. 3 on Alternative Albums, has generated her first two entries on Adult Alternative Songs: “New York” (No. 22, August) and “Los Ageless” (new this week at No. 30).
Robert Plant‘s 11th solo studio album, Carry Fire, enters at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums (25,000); it also debuts at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, marking his first entry on the survey. Dirty Heads debut at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums with Swim Team (13,000), and The Front Bottoms achieve their best Top Rock Albums peak, as Going Grey gets started at No. 8 (11,000), besting the No. 10 high of 2015’s Back on Top.
Meanwhile, Stick to Your Guns, which bows just outside the Top Rock Albums top 10 at No. 12, leads Hard Rock Albums for the first time with True View (8,000). The Orange County, California-based hardcore punk band, formed in 2003, released its debut album For What It’s Worth in 2005. True View is the five-piece’s sixth studio effort. Previously, the group hit No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums twice, with 2016’s Better Ash Than Dust EP and 2015’s Disobedient.