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Sleater-Kinney Hits New High on Billboard 200 & Top Rock Albums

The punk trio's first album in nearly 10 years sets a career-best on the Billboard 200. Plus, big moves for Borns -- thanks to Taylor Swift.

Sleater-Kinney scores its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 18) and starts at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums with its eighth full-length album, and first in nearly 10 years, No Cities to Love. The influential punk trio (Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, also of Portlandia fame), which formed in 1994, also logs its best sales week: 28,000 units, according to Nielsen Music.

The new title additionally begins at No. 2 on Vinyl Albums with 7,000 vinyl copies sold, accounting for 25 percent of its total sales. The act’s previous best-seller and prior release, 2005’s The Woods, opened at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 with 15,000 sold.

NEW BORNS: Borns’ “Electric Love” debuts at No. 8 on Rock Digital Songs and re-enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 13, fueled by a 1,456 percent boom to 15,000 downloads sold. The Michigan native’s mix of electro-pop and a glam riff has caught the attention of both Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder, each of whom tweeted endorsements of the song in the tracking week, Swift calling the song an “instant classic.” 

The attention helps spark the song’s No. 28 debut on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart, while Borns’ debut EP Candy, originally released in November, debuts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums (3,000, up 497 percent).

AMAZING GRACE: On Mainstream Rock Songs, Three Days Grace notches its 12th No. 1 with “I Am Machine” (3-1).

Dating to the airplay chart’s 1981 launch, the alt-metal band moves to within one of Van Halen’s record for the most leaders (13). Three Days Grace also extends the record for the most weeks atop Mainstream Rock Songs to 71 total weeks. 3 Doors Down follow with 53 weeks at No. 1.

‘WORLD’ NEWS: Back on Top Rock Albums, The Decemberists debut at No. 2 with their eighth studio album, What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, with 50,000 sold. The new set marks the Portland, Ore. band’s second top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 7). Its previous album, The King Is Dead, started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Feb. 5, 2011).

The new set tops the Folk, Internet and Vinyl Albums tallies. “Make You Better,” the lead single from the new album, reached No. 2 on Adult Alternative Songs, matching lead King cut “Down by the Water” for the band’s best rank on the airplay chart. On Hot Rock Songs, the track debuts at No. 44.

(And, for those of you who appreciate order, the Decemberists bow with an album released in January on a chart dated in February [Feb. 7]. Surely, sales of the set will march on into April. May-be June.)

Additional reporting and bad puns by Gary Trust.