The dog days are over for Florence + The Machine: the alt-rock band has hit No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for the first time with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” which dropped June 2. The new release moved 137,000 units in the week ending June 7, according to data from Nielsen Music.
Helmed by powerhouse vocalist and celebrated fashionista Florence Welch, the U.K.-based outfit has steadily gained clout with critics and the Coachella set alike with previous albums “Lungs” (2009) and “Ceremonials” (2011). “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is anchored by sharp kiss-off single “What Kind of Man,” the accompanying music video to which boasts more than 9 million YouTube views.
In something of a cosmic coincidence, Jason Derulo’s fourth album, “Everything Is 4,” debuted at No. 4 on the chart, moving 37,000 units. Derulo’s latest has benefitted from radio DJs liberally spinning his latest single, “Want to Want Me.”
The third album to debut in the timeframe was “Django & Jimmie,” a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The duo opened with 31,000 units moved, good for No. 7. The album is the second collection of duets from the pair, following 1983’s “Pancho & Lefty.”
The indomitable “1989” by Taylor Swift finished in second place for the third week running. The smash album moved 66,000 units in its 32nd week on the chart, bolstered by heavy radio play and a blockbuster music video for Swift’s latest single, a remix of “Bad Blood” that features Kendrick Lamar.
Slipping from its first-place debut to No. 3 is “At.Long.Last.A$AP” by A$AP Rocky, down 66% in his second week of competition with 50,000 units moved.
Ed Sheeran continues a slow climb back up the chart in his 50th week of competition with “X,” which ascended form No. 7 to No. 5. Sheeran’s sales were up 2% with 36,000 units moved, thanks to nonstop airwave domination by his romantic single “Thinking Out Loud.”
The soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect 2” is slowly scooting down the chart, falling from fourth place to sixth with 51,000 units moved. The set of a capella mash-ups might get a boost as fans learn that a third installment of “Pitch Perfect” is in the works.
The rest of the top 10 belongs to recent chart stand-bys. Meghan Trainor’s “Title” holds steady at No. 8, down 12% with 34,000 units moved. Zac Brown Band’s “Jekyll + Hyde” has leapt back into top-10 territory, up 22% at No. 9 with 24,000 units moved after dipping to No. 17 the previous week. Maroon 5’s “V” hitched back up from No. 11 to 10th place, up 4% with 28,000 units moved.