Pearl Jam Scores Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Lightning Bolt'


Pearl Jam Scores Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Lightning Bolt'


The Washington-based rock band's newest studio album, which follows up 2009's chart-topping set 'Backspacer', opens at the chart's No. 1 after selling 166,000 in its first week.

Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" has debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 chart. Nielsen Soundscan reports that the rock band's latest release dethrones last week's first placer, Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz", after selling 166,000 copies in its first week.

It marks Pearl Jam's fifth record to top the chart. The Washington-based rockers previously entered the chart's top slot with 2009's "Backspacer", 1996's "No Code", 1994's "Vitalogy" and 1993's "Vs".

Despite soaring high to No. 1, "Lightning Bolt" is the band's record with the smallest debut frame. However, the new album has the largest opening week for a rock album since Phillip Phillips' "The World from the Side of the Moon", which was released last November.

Slipping one rung to No. 2, Cyrus' latest studio effort has sold additional 72,000. Right behind the former Disney star is Sir Paul McCartney, who has his "New" album debuted at No. 3 with 67,000.

Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" falls from No. 3 to No. 4 after selling 58,000 in its fourth week on the chart. Rounding out the top 5 is The Avett Brothers' "Magpie and the Dandelion". With nearly 58,000 copies sold, the group's latest release fails to beat its predecessor, 2012's "The Carpenter", which debuted at No. 4 with 98,000.

Scotty McCreery's second studio effort, "See You Tonight", arrives at No. 6 with 52,000. The "American Idol" winner has already had his No. 1 album on the chart with "Clear as Day", his debut album which opened with 197,000 back in 2011.

Lorde's "Pure Heroine" is placed seventh with 48,000. Cher's "Closer to the Truth" rises from No. 11 to No. 8 with 45,000. Debuting at No. 9 is music icon Willie Nelson's collaboration set, "To All the Girls...". The album, which features his duets with everyone from Carrie Underwood to Dolly Parton, sells 43,000 copies in its first week.

The Head and the Heart closes out the top 10 with their second album, "Let's Be Still". Selling 42,000, the newest set gives the folk/rock band their best sales week. Their debut self-titled album, 2010's "The Head and the Heart", only peaked at No. 109 with no more than 4,000 copies.

  1. "Lightning Bolt" - Pearl Jam (166,000)
  2. "Bangerz" - Miley Cyrus (72,000)
  3. "New" - Paul McCartney (67,000)
  4. "Nothing Was the Same" - Drake (58,000)
  5. "Magpie and the Dandelion" - The Avett Brothers (58,000)
  6. "See You Tonight" - Scotty McCreery (52,000)
  7. "Pure Heroine" - Lorde (48,000)
  8. "Closer to the Truth" - Cher (45,000)
  9. "To All the Girls..." - Willie Nelson (43,000)
  10. "Let's Be Still" - The Head and the Heart (42,000)
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