On the Charts: Kings of Leon Reign With ‘Walls’ at Number One
Seven albums into Kings of Leon's career, the Nashville rockers finally scored a Number One album as their new LP Walls debuted atop the Billboard 200.
Kings of Leon's latest sold 77,000 total copies in its first week of release. While it wasn't the band's best sales week – 2013's Mechanical Bull, for example, debuted with 110,000 copies while peaking at Number Two – it was enough to propel the band to a new charts high, Billboard reports. Kings of Leon previously reached Number Two on a pair of occasions with Mechanical Bull and 2010's Come Around Sundown. The band's first Billboard 200 appearance came in 2003 when their debut Youth & Young Manhood reached Number 113.
Two more new releases infiltrated the Top 10 this week: A year after The Game's The Documentary 2 peaked at Number Two (and The Documentary 2.5 hit Number Six), the Compton rapper was back on the Billboard 200 with 1992, which debuted at Number Four with 32,000 copies.
JoJo ended her decade-long dormancy by planting her new album Mad Love at Number Six and 25,000 copies. The pop singer's previous LP was 2006's The High Road.
The other seven spots in the Billboard 200 was occupied by returnees: Drake's Views continued its Top Five run by finishing the week at Number Two, followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack at Number Three. Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface landed at Number Five.
Thanks to Hamilton's PBS documentary, the Broadcast cast recording leaped back into the Top 10 at Number Seven, ahead of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman (Number Eight), Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Nine) and last week's Number One album, Green Day's Revolution Radio (Number 10).
Kings of Leon's charts reign will be short-lived as Lady Gaga's Joanne is expected to cruise to the Number One spot this time next week.