Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Rock rules the Billboard 200 chart this week, as the hard-charging Queens of the Stone Age land the band’s first No. 1 album with new release …Like Clockwork selling 91,000 copies in its first week out, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.
Boasting an all-star cavalcade of guests including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Elton John, the dark and diverse album is QOTSA’s sixth full-length, and the band’s first for indie label Matador, also celebrating its first No. 1 album ever this week. The record has garnered a slew of critical accolades amidst a flurry of high-profile promotions, such as a two-night stand on Late Night with David Letterman, including a full Live on Letterman concert webcast.
…Like Clockwork also moved a notable 12,000 copies on vinyl, the second-largest vinyl sales week since Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories shifted 19,000 copies in its first week of release back in May.
Queens of the Stone Age ends Daft Punk’s two-week reign at the top of the album chart, with Random Access Memories moving into the No. 2 slot after selling another 62,000 copies. With 494,000 copies sold in just the first three weeks out, the collection is on par to give Daft Punk their third gold album in the U.S. (500,000 copies sold) next to 1997 debut Homework and 2001 release, Discovery.
Emo-leaning rockers Sleeping with Sirens take the No. 3 spot with their third full-length album, Feel, selling 59,000 copies, the best sales week of the band’s surging career. The record boasts some crossover appeal, with the single “Alone” featuring an appearance by Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
Country stars round out the top 5, with Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story… moving up into the No. 4 position (36,000) and Darius Rucker jumping from No.6-5 with his latest, True Believers (33,000).
Heavy metal stalwarts Megadeth land at No. 6 with the band’s fourteenth studio album, Super Collider (29,000), followed by breakout rockers Imagine Dragons, who vault into the No. 7 slot with their debut, Night Visions (28,000).