On the Charts: Zac Brown Band ‘Hyde’ Out at Number One
The top spot on the Billboard 200 is staying in the Southeast as the Alabama Shakes bequeathed the Number One spot to Georgia’s Zac Brown Band and their new album Jekyll + Hyde. The group’s fourth studio album sold 228,000 total units in its debut week on the Billboard 200, giving the band their third consecutive Number One album following 2010′s You Get What You Give and 2012′s Uncaged, Billboard reports.
Zac Brown Band’s sales are likely aided by the cross-genre appeal of the group’s latest LP, as its singles have found a home on both rock and country radio playlists. “Heavy Is the Head,” a collaboration with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, has climbed to the top of the Mainstream Rock charts, while previous single “Homegrown” continues to perform well on country charts.
Jekyll + Hyde‘s split personality is further evident in the album’s credits: Country singer Eric Church appears as a co-writer alongside rockers like Amos Lee and former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell. One Jekyll song (“Junkyard”) even interpolates Pink Floyd’s “Is There Anybody Out There?” (It doesn’t hurt that Zac Brown Band also have Dave Grohl’s seal of approval.)
Josh Groban’s show tunes-filled Stages came in at Number Two, exceeding industry expectations by selling a total of 180,000 copies in its first week. Number Three was the Furious 7 soundtrack thanks to Wiz Khalifa’s SNL performance of the single “See You Again.” Country singer Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace debuted at Number Four and Drake’s now-physical retail mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late rounded out the Top Five.
The Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color dropped from the top spot to Number Seven, while the much-anticipated Blur reunion album The Magic Ship failed to penetrate the U.S. Top 10 after ruling the British album charts.