U.S. Album Chart: Breaking Benjamin Notches First No. 1

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Rock band Breaking Benjamin has notched its first No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with “Dark Before Dawn.” The album moved 141,000 units in the week ending June 28, according to data from Nielsen Music.

Breaking Benjamin returns with its first studio album in six years as a reinvented band. Of the original group members, only lead singer Benjamin Burnley remains. The success of “Dark Before Dawn” has been driven by lead single “Failure,” which has been in heavy rotation on rock radio stations.

In second place is the first album from singer-songwriter Tori Kelly. “Unbreakable Smile” moved 75,000 units, thanks to Kelly’s contingent of fans on YouTube, where the singer got her start.

Country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves finished at No. 3. “Pageant Material,” her second album, moved 60,000 units in its debut, making for Musgraves’ best sales week yet, according to Billboard. Her first album, 2013’s “Same Trailer Different Park,” bowed to 43,000.

Throwback crooner Leon Bridges’ debut album premiered in sixth place. “Coming Home” moved 42,000 units in its first week, led by lead single “Coming Home,” a slow-burning, retro R&B groove. Bridges has caught the attention of the Pitchfork set.

The fifth debut to make the top 10 is the soundtrack to “Teen Beach Movie 2,” which bowed on Disney Channel Friday night as the most-watched cable movie of the year. The accompanying album moved 24,000 units in its first week of competition.

That leaves the rest of the top 10 to the Billboard veterans. Taylor Swift’s “1989” is the highest-charting non-new release, with the pop album moving 54,000 units, down 6% from last week. Swift finished at No. 4, breaking her weeks-long run at No. 2. Her album dropped 35 weeks ago.

Swift is followed by her namesake, James Taylor, whose “Before This World” finished at No. 5. The singer-songwriter’s latest moved 50,000 units, down 49% from its debut a week earlier.

Ed Sheeran’s “X,” which was released more than a year ago, lingers on the chart due to massive radio play and the social-media prevalence of his world tour. Sheeran’s collection moved 35,000 units, down 10% from the week before.

Sam Hunt and Maroon 5 round out the top 10, with Hunt’s “Montevallo” finishing at No. 8. The country singer moved 30,000 units, down 6% from the previous week. Maroon 5’s “V’ was down just 1%, coming in ninth place with 27,000 units moved.

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