On the Charts: Slayer Capture Best Debut With ‘Repentless’
A week after Iron Maiden established a new career high on the Billboard 200, another legendary heavy metal act witnessed their own best charts performance. Slayer‘s new LP Repentless, the band’s 11th studio album, debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200, establishing a new high for the long-running metal group by improving on the Number Five debut of 2006′s Christ Illusion. Repentless sold 50,000 copies in its debut week to give Slayer their third Top 10 record, Billboard reports.
The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness spent a third consecutive and likely – for the foreseeable future – final week at Number One by selling another 99,000 total albums, although the majority of those sales came from the Toronto singer’s Hot 100-leading singles “Can’t Feel My Face” (Number One) and “The Hills” (Number Two). In the Billboard 200′s new charts metric, digital sales of individual songs are pooled together and counted towards album sales, so two Hot 100-topping singles are more than enough to cruise past the week’s Number Two album, Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s the Spirit. That album debuted as the week’s actual top-selling album, but placed second with 62,000 total albums sold.
Three more new arrivals broke into the Top 10: Country singer Brett Eldredge’s Illinois entered at Number Three with 51,000 total units, Gary Clark Jr.’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim debuted at Number Eight with 28,000 copies and, at Number 10, Duran Duran scored their first U.S. Top 10 album since 1993 as Paper Gods moved 25,000 copies.
The Weeknd’s reign will most likely end next week thanks to new releases like Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon, Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM and Shinedown’s Threat to Survival alongside surprise contenders like Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive and Ryan Adams’ 1989 covers album.