The Dave Matthews Band will hit a major milestone next week when their latest album, Away From The World, makes them the first group in Billboard 200 history to have six straight studio albums debut at the top of the charts. The jam-happy band’s eighth studio record will achieve that feat thanks to sales of 266,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
They’ll also notch the third-highest first week total of the year to date, coming in just behind Justin Bieber (373,000) and Madonna (358,000). DMB were at the vanguard of a parade of seven new faces in the top 10, including a #2 debut by country act Little Big Town, whose Tornado sold 113,000, edging out the 35th studio album from folk rock icon Bob Dylan, Tempest, which moved 110,000 units.
Coming in at #4 were the Avett Brothers with Carpenter (98,000), then the XX with Coexist (#5, 73,000), legendary blues rock trio ZZ Top’s La Futura (#6, 31,000) and controversial singer Amanda Palmer’s Theatre Is Evil (#10, 24,000).
Though she spent another week outside the top 10, Adele crossed the 9.8 million sales mark with 21, which moved another 21,000 units to move up one spot to #12. After six years off the charts, DMX got back in the game with Undisputed
(#19, 17,000), while the unlikely duo of David Byrne and St. Vincent hit #23 with their joint album, Love This Giant (16,000).
DMB also ruled the iTunes album chart, besting the Avett’s, XX and the #4 entry, Night Visions by Imagine Dragons. Dylan held down the #5 spot, just ahead of Little Big Town, North by Matchbox Twenty, Overexposed by Maroon 5, Fun.’s Some Nights and the Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album compilation.
Taylor Swift kept a stranglehold on the iTunes singles chart with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which was followed by the Kanye West posse track “Clique” and Maroon 5’s “One More Night.” Everyone’s favorite horse dancing South Korean rapper, Psy, crashed the party at #4 with the inescapable “Gangnam Style,” with Fun. in at #5 with “Some Nights,” followed by Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” Swift’s touching non-album track “Ronan,” Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” and Flo Rida’ “Whistle.”
Things will get shuffled again next week thanks to the chart bows of West’s Cruel Summer compilation, as well as the debut album by Carly Rae Jepsen , the latest from Pink, the Killers and Band of Horses as well as the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s Bad.