Seether scores its second No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, as “Isolate and Medicate” starts with 37,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title also marks the alt-metal band’s fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 4) and second No. 1 each on the Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts.
The group’s last studio album, 2011’s “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray,” likewise debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums (and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200), with a 61,000-unit start. “Isolate” is the South African band’s sixth studio album dating to its 1999 debut.
The new set’s first single, “Words as Weapons,” concurrently rises 2-1 on Mainstream Rock Songs, becoming the band’s fifth leader on the airplay list.
Seether frontman Shaun Morgan recently told Billboard that the new album’s lyrical content and title largely refer to the anxiety the band experienced when its former label, Wind-Up Records, sold its catalog to Bicycle Music Company and the Concord Music Group. “I took the whole thing with (the label) really personally, I think. I was a really angry man, and that anger carried through the whole time I was writing. I almost abandoned hope, so I fell back into all the vices that I knew very well.”
JOY RIDE: Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy breaks the top 10 on Hot Rock Songs with “Riptide” (11-10). Joy (real name James Keogh) has already become big in his home country, where “Riptide” has been certified five-times platinum and took home song of the year honors at last month’s APRA Awards. The track is also certified platinum in Sweden and gold in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.
“Riptide” also reaches the Rock Digital Songs top 10 with 20,000 downloads sold (up 2 percent). It bullets for a second week at No. 11 on Rock Airplay (6.3 million in rock radio audience, up 7 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) and 14-13 on Rock Streaming Songs (1.2 million U.S. streams, up 5 percent). The track’s official video has drawn 14 million worldwide YouTube views.
‘SAIL’ & STREAMS: AWOLNATION’s “Sail” soars 4-1 on Rock Streaming Songs (gaining from 2.1 million to 2.6 million U.S. streams), notably marking its first week atop the tally; in its prior 65 weeks on the chart, it had peaked as high as No. 2 for 28 cumulative weeks. The song, first a No. 5-peaking Alternative Songs hit way back in August 2011, is the second-longest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit ever (79 weeks); Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds the record with 87 total weeks.