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Tame Impala Scores Career-High Debut on Rock Charts

The Australian psych-rock act starts at No. 2 on Rock Albums. Also, more chart action from Chvrches and Shinedown.

Tame Impala scores its best week ever as its third full-length album, Currents, starts at career-high peaks on multiple charts. The psych-pop outfit starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and notches its first leader on Alternative Albums (both charts dated Aug. 8) as the title starts with 45,000 sold in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music (its best sales frame). The Australian act also marks its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 4) and first top 10 entry. In another milestone for Tame Impala, the new set tops the Vinyl Albums chart with 14,000 LPs sold (accounting for 31 percent of its sales for the week). That’s the largest week for a vinyl album in over a year, since the week ending June 15, 2014, when Jack White’s Lazaretto bowed with a 40,000 sold, the single-largest week for a vinyl album in Nielsen Music’s 24-year history.
Chvrches Peak: On Hot Rock Songs, Chvrches earns its highest rank yet as “Leave a Trace” debuts at No. 17 with 8,000 downloads sold. The track precedes the alt-pop trio’s sophomore album, Every Open Eye, due Sept. 25.
Shinedown Jumps: Lastly, Shinedown scores its ninth leader on Mainstream Rock Songs as “Cut the Cord” jumps 3-1 in its fourth week on the list (up 11 percent in detections for the week ending July 26). That’s the fastest rise to No. 1 on the list since November 2014, when Foo Fighters reached the summit in just two weeks with “Something From Nothing.” Shinedown’s first No. 1 came on Nov. 19, 2005, when “Save Me” began its first of 12 weeks atop the list.