Arcade Fire Adds Fifth Top Rock Albums No. 1 With ‘We’
Arcade Fire‘s We becomes the band’s fifth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, launching atop the ranking dated May 21.
In the tracking week running May 6-12, We opened 32,000 equivalent album units, according to Luminate. The sum includes 26,000 units from album sales.
Each of Arcade Fire’s five albums released since Top Rock Albums began in 2006 has debuted at No. 1, dating to Neon Bible in 2007. (The band formed in the early 2000s and released its debut LP, Funeral, in 2004.)
We concurrently starts at No. 1 on Top Alternative Albums, on which each of Arcade Fire’s LPs has also reigned dating to the list’s summer 2007 inception. The band first led the list with The Suburbs in 2010.
On the all-format Billboard 200, We premieres at No. 6, marking Arcade Fire’s fifth top 10. It also arrives as the group’s fourth No. 1 on Top Album Sales, a run that encompasses all the act’s full-lengths dating to The Suburbs.
Three tracks from We reach the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, paced by “The Lightning I & II,” which re-enters at a new No. 29 high. It’s followed by debuts for “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” (No. 38) and “Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)” (No. 49).
“Unconditional” is the album’s current radio single. It blasts 36-17 in its second week on Adult Alternative Airplay and 39-30 in its third frame on Alternative Airplay. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the song surges 38-32, up 32% to 1.1 million audience impressions.