Alabama Shakes Rattles the U.S. Album Chart with ‘Sound & Color’

Rock outfit Alabama Shakes’ new album, “Sound & Color,” has sent tremors through the U.S. album charts, debuting at No. 1 by moving 96,000 units in the week ending April 26, according to data from Nielsen Music.

The bluesy quartet first caused a stir in 2012 with their first album, “Boys & Girls,” fueled by the success of tracks “Hang Loose” and “Hold On,” which logged heavy airplay on alternative radio stations at the time.

Holding steady in second place is the soundtrack for “Furious 7,” down 21% with 62,000 units. The success of the album continues to mirror the film’s staying power at the box office.

Rapper Yelawolf’s new album “Love Story” debuts at No. 3, moving 58,000 units in its first week. The rapper picked up a lot of steam following the prime placement of his single “Till It’s Gone” in an episode of “Sons of Anarchy” last year.

Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” was catapulted from No. 10 to No. 4, thanks to the physical release of the mixtape. Drizzy moved 48,000 units, up 35% from the previous week. When he first dropped “If You’re Reading This” in its original digital form, Drake entered the chart at No. 1 with 535,000 album-equivalent units moved in mid-February.

The soundtrack to “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues to hang tight even after the film has left most theaters. The collection moved 38,000 units, down 11% but good for the chart’s No. 5 spot.

Taylor Swift’s massively popular “1989” continues its glacial descent out of the top five, with the pop set moving 36,000 units, down 6% but sufficient for sixth place. Though still unconfirmed, rumors that the “1989” track “Bad Blood” will be her next single continue to circulate; a fourth single from the set might help the singer climb back up to a place of prominence on the chart.

Continuing to demonstrate impressive staying power, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran remain contenders on the chart more than 40 weeks after releasing their albums. Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” claims seventh place, down 4% with 36,000 units. Sheeran’s “X” comes in at No. 8, down 11% with 32,000 units moved.

Entering the chart at No. 9 this week is Sam Hunt, whose “Montevallo” was up 1% with 32,000 units moved. The ascension is likely a result of Hunt’s performance and nomination on the Academy of Country Music Awards that aired the previous Sunday.

Bringing up the rear is chart interloper “Title” from Meghan Trainor, down 5% with 30,000 units moved, putting the songstress in tenth place.

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