Muse Claims First No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart with ‘Drones’

U.S. Album Chart: Muse Claims First
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No “uprising” necessary — Muse’s “Drones” has already hit No. 1 in its first week on the U.S. album chart, moving 84,000 units in the week ending June 14, according to data from Nielsen Music.

“Drones” marks the first No. 1 for the British rock band, which formed more than 20 years ago. The success of the latest collection is driven by its lead single, “Dead Inside,” which has proven popular with alternative radio stations and the “Guitar Hero” set.

Of Monsters and Men’s latest album, “Beneath the Skin,” also debuted in the top 10, moving 61,000 units for a third-place finish. This is the best chart performance yet for the Icelandic indie-folk outfit, outpacing its 2012 album, “My Head Is an Animal.”

The third big debut of the week doesn’t exactly qualify as a new album: The Rolling Stones are back on the chart with a collection of reissues of their 1971 classic “Sticky Fingers.” Though the original set reached No. 1 in the ’70s, the latest rollout debuted at No. 5, moving 36,000 units for the week.

Joining Muse and the Stones in the top 10 is Florence and the Machine; it’s a good week for British rock bands. Flo and Co. dropped to No. 4 after debuting in first place last week. “How Big How Blue How Beautiful” moved 37,000 units in its second week, down 73%.

Country star Sam Hunt hopped back into the top 10 following his big night at the CMT Awards last Wednesday. Hunt’s “Montevallo” moved 31,000 units, good for No. 7, after debuting at No. 3 in November 2014.

The remainder of the top 10 offers few surprises. Taylor Swift’s “1989,” still riding the success of the supermodel-and-starlet-populated “Bad Blood” music video, remains at No. 2 for the fourth week running, down only 2% with 64,000 units moved. Swift’s pal Ed Sheeran remains strong at No. 6, with “X” moving 34,000 units in its 51st week of competition.

A$AP Rocky’s “At.Long.Last.A$AP” finished in eighth place after premiering at No. 1 two weeks ago. The rapper’s latest moved 29,000 units, gown 42%. Maroon 5’s “V” ascended 10-9, down 3% with 29,000 units moved. In tenth place is Meghan Trainor’s “Title,” down 10% with 27,000 units moved.

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    1. MUSE is by far the best live band out there. From the stage show to their sound. These guys all play their instruments well and probably has the best “produced” album out right now. The sound is just right from the drums to the distorted driven bass.

    2. George says:

      And here comes Muse, the best Rock band of the decade!
      And one of the best live band in history, just need to see them in live to know it…

    3. warnerbrown says:

      Muse rip everyone from The Doors, Queen to U2 and Thom Yorke’s singing. Muse Fuckin suck, way overrated band.

      • Everyone is entitled to their opinion. My only question is , have you listened to any of the albums? or are you basing your opinion on what they had to say about these other bands?

      • Sean says:

        Everyone is inspired by many bands. However, you can go Lyn Skin and “borrow” every rif in your music, or you can incorporate sounds from many different genres. Trying so hard not to sound like ANYONE else is what drove Thom Yorke to the experimental and unlistenable music after “In Rainbows.”

      • Very happy for them. Muse are one of the best bands around today.

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