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Zach Bryan Earns Historic Streaming Debut on Rock, Americana/Folk Album Charts

His 34-track 'American Heartbreak' boasts the most weekly streaming equivalent units for any album since the charts moved to a consumption model in 2017.

Zach Bryan achieves his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts, as American Heartbreak debuts atop both rankings dated June 4.

As previously reported, the 34-track set also starts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, where it’s likewise Bryan’s first leader.

In the May 20-26 tracking period, Heartbreak earned 71,000 equivalent album units, according to Luminate. Of that sum, 65,000 are from streaming equivalent units. That translates to the best streaming week for any LP on Top Rock Albums since the chart moved to a consumption-based methodology (from ranking sales only) in February 2017. It tops the 60,000 units accrued by Machine Gun Kelly‘s Tickets to My Downfall on the Oct. 10, 2020, survey.


Bryan’s 71,000-overall unit start is also the third-best for any release on Top Rock Albums in 2022, bested only by the bows of Red Hot Chili PeppersUnlimited Love (98,000 units, April 16) and Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream Sellout (93,000 units, April 9).

On Americana/Folk Albums, Heartbreak claims the biggest week of the year in terms of units, surpassing The LumineersBrightside, which launched with 37,000 units (Jan. 29). It logs the top sum since Kacey MusgravesStar-Crossed debuted with 77,000 units (Sept. 25, 2021). As on Top Rock Albums, Heartbreak tallies the biggest frame in terms of streaming units since the chart moved to a consumption model in 2017, more than doubling the 30,000 first-week streaming units for Musgraves’ Star-Crossed.

Concurrently, 24 songs from Heartbreak reach Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, giving Bryan the most simultaneous appearances in the chart’s 13-year history. He one-ups the 23 titles that Linkin Park placed on the Aug. 12, 2017, list, following the death of frontman Chester Bennington.

“Something in the Orange” leads all Heartbreak tracks on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, hitting a new No. 3 high, with 12.9 million official U.S. streams and 1,900 downloads sold. “Heavy Eyes” follows, debuting at No. 12 (4.2 million streams).