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Tame Impala’s ‘The Slow Rush’ Scores Biggest Week This Year For Rock Album

The set earned 110,000 equivalent album units in its first week.

Tame Impala‘s The Slow Rush becomes the band’s first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, as well as its top-charting entry on the Billboard 200, where it debuts at No. 3.

The set leaps onto the Feb. 29-dated lists with 110,000 equivalent album units (80,000 in album sales), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also starts atop Vinyl Albums, with 32% (26,000) of its total sales via vinyl, marking the seventh-biggest week for a vinyl album since Nielsen/MRC began tracking data in 1991.

The Kevin Parker-led act previously reached highs of Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, on Top Rock Albums with Currents in 2015. (Currents also debuted atop Vinyl Albums, with 14,000 of its 50,000 copies, or 28%, sold that week on vinyl.)


The Slow Rush achieves the best unit total on Top Rock Albums since Tool‘s Fear Inoculum, which bowed with 270,000 units on the Sept. 14, 2019, chart, and is the first rock album since that set to reach triple-digit units in a week.

The Slow Rush‘s streaming equivalent unit total of 30,000 is also the best for a rock album since the release week of twenty one pilots’ Trench, which racked up 38,000 in streaming units (toward its overall 135,000-unit bow) on the tally dated Oct. 20, 2018.

Concurrently, all 12 tracks on Tame Impala’s new album appear on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart, led by “Breathe Deeper” (No. 2), which also becomes Tame Impala’s first Rock Streaming Songs No. 1 (5 million U.S. streams).


The album’s current radio single, “Lost in Yesterday,” blasts into the top 20 (25-20) on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, marking Tame Impala’s first such hit since its breakthrough single, “Elephant,” which reached No. 8 in October 2013. “Lost” also hits a new high on Adult Alternative Songs (15-13), helping it ascend 36-33 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart (1.7 million audience impressions, up 13%).