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The Strokes Score First No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart Since 2011

The Strokes notch their first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts since 2011, as The New Abnormal bows atop both surveys dated April 25.

The New Abnormal debuts with 35,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 23,000 units are via album sales.

The set is The Strokes’ first to rule Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums since Angles, which debuted atop both lists in April 2011. In between, 2013’s Comedown Machine, the band’s most recent LP until the new release, debuted at No. 3 on both surveys.


On the all-format Billboard 200, The New Abnormal begins at No. 8, marking the band’s fifth top 10. It also debuts atop Vinyl Albums, with 3,000 in vinyl sales, becoming The Strokes’ second No. 1 on the list, after Angles.

Concurrently, every song on The New Abnormal reaches the streaming-, sales- and airplay-based Hot Rock Songs chart, paced by lead single “Bad Decisions,” which surges 34-6 for a new peak, exceeding its No. 18 debut last month. “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” follows at No. 7, the list’s top debut, and “The Adults Are Talking” starts at No. 8.

The band collects its first three Hot Rock Songs top 10s; prior to the new material, it hit a No. 19 high with “Oblivius” in 2016.


“Bad Decisions” also rises 3-2 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart and bullets at its No. 18 high on the Alternative Songs airplay survey. On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay list, the single steps 18-17, up 2% to 2.8 million audience impressions.

“Bad Decisions” is The Strokes’ top-performing song on any Billboard radio chart, surpassing the No. 5 peak of debut hit “Last Nite” on Alternative Songs in February 2002.