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Depeche Mode’s ‘Spirit’ Starts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

The alt/dance vets land their latest leader. On the Billboard 200, the set is their first top five effort since 2009.

Depeche Mode launches at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated April 8) with Spirit, which bows as the band’s third leader on the rankings with 64,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music.

Of its sum, 62,000 are pure album sales, marking the English band’s best sales week since 2009’s Sounds of the Universe, which opened with 80,000.

Sounds became the group’s first title to lead Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, which began in 2006 and 2007, respectively (long after the start of Depeche Mode’s run of hits in the ’80s and ’90s). 2013’s Delta Machine also ruled both charts, with 52,000 copies sold in its first week (April 13, 2013).


Spirit also represents Depeche Mode’s best start on the all-genre Billboard 200 since Sounds; it enters at No. 5, two spots off Sounds‘ No. 3 debut and peak. The band has notched one Billboard 200 No. 1: 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion.

The new set is the act’s eighth top 10 overall; Depeche Mode first reached the region with 1990’s Violator (No. 7), which yielded several classic singles, including “Enjoy the Silence,” which became the band’s sole Billboard Hot 100 top 10 (No. 8), and “Policy of Truth” (No. 15).

Spirit, Depeche Mode’s 14th studio album and first with producer James Ford (Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys), was preceded by lead single “Where’s the Revolution,” which became the band’s 20th entry on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, peaking at No. 40.

SPOON’S ‘HOT’ START: The rest of the top 10 of Top Rock Albums is populated in part by four fellow debuts, led by Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts, which starts at No. 2 on the list, as well as on Alternative Albums, with 25,000 equivalent units (22,000 in sales). The LP is the Texas rockers’ fourth top five album on each chart (histories that each include 2010’s No. 1 Transference), and sports a No. 1 single in the title track, which concurrently rules Adult Alternative Songs for a fourth week, the band’s longest reign, passing the three-week rule of its sole prior No. 1, 2014’s “Do You.”

Meanwhile, Chuck Berry‘s The Definitive Collection bows at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (13,000 units), while becoming the late legend’s highest-charting title on the Billboard 200 in 40 years; Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Live From the Fox Oakland rolls in at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums (12,000); and Milky Chance‘s Blossom springs at No. 10 on Top Rock Albums and No. 7 on Alternative Albums, with 9,000 units.