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Tears for Fears’ ‘The Tipping Point’ Debuts at No. 1 on Rock & Alternative Album Charts

The set is the duo's first since 2004.

Tears for Fears notch their first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts, as The Tipping Point bows atop the March 12-dated surveys.

The set debuts with 31,000 equivalent album units earned in the Feb. 25-March 3 tracking week, according to MRC Data. Of that sum, album sales comprise 29,000 units.

The album is Tears for Fears’ first to rule both lists, with their history predating the surveys, which began in 2006 (Top Rock Albums) and 2007 (Top Alternative Albums). The U.K. duo’s previous LP, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, was released in 2004.


Concurrently, The Tipping Point starts at No. 8 on the all-format Billboard 200, where it’s Tears for Fears’ third top 10 and highest rank since The Seeds of Love reached No. 8 in October 1989. As previously reported, the set also launches as the act’s first No. 1 on Top Album Sales.

The new album’s eponymous lead single logged a 15-week run on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Airplay chart prior to its release, rising to No. 17 in January. It marked the pair’s first radio chart appearance since 2004, when “Call Me Mellow” hit No. 28 on Adult Pop Airplay.