Two veteran rock acts rule Billboard’s rock albums charts dated April 21, each scoring the No. 1 spot on their respective charts for the first time.
Thirty Seconds to Mars leads Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums for the first time, as its fifth studio set America bows with 62,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 12 (of which, 54,000 were in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music.
Previously, the Jared Leto-led act reached highs of No. 3 on Top Rock Albums, with Love Lust Faith + Dreams (2013), and No. 2 on Alternative Albums, with This Is War (2009).
The album is also the band’s top-charting set on the Billboard 200, entering at No. 2 — surpassing Love’s No. 6 peak.
The long-awaited America — the trio’s first album in four years — has scored a pair of top 10s on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, including lead single “Walk on Water,” which ruled the ranking for seven weeks, beginning in December 2017. Current single “Dangerous Night” concurrently breaks into the top 10 on the latest tally, moving 13-9, with 5.9 million audience impressions.
“Walk” was a No. 2 hit on Alternative Songs (the band’s best rank since the No. 1 ascent of 2010’s “This Is War”), and became its first top 10 on Mainstream Rock Songs (No. 6). It also marked the group’s return to Pop Songs, peaking at No. 31, for the band’s first entry there since “Closer to the Edge” in 2011.
Like Thirty Seconds to Mars, another long-running rock act earns an initial leader, as Underoath notches its first Hard Rock Albums No. 1 with the debut of Erase Me (23,000 units). Erase Me marks the metalcore six-piece’s first studio album in over seven years, and comes following a multi-year hiatus that ended with a return to touring in 2015.
The album also begins at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums, a chart Underoath has led in its history with 2006’s Define the Great Line. (Hard Rock Albums did not yet exist upon the album’s release).
Concurrently, the band’s first Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart entry (and the new set’s lead single), “Rapture,” rises 32-30. Underoath’s only previous appearance on an airplay chart was a single week at No. 40, on the now-defunct Active Rock Songs tally, with 2006’s “Writing on the Walls.”