Rock Artists Lead U.S. Album Chart, Fall Out Boy Claims No. 1 Spot

Rock titles made most of the noise on the U.S. album chart, as Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty/American Psycho” led the charge to No. 1.

A total of 218,000 units (comprising sales, track equivalent albums and streams) took the quartet’s Island Records album to the top, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending Jan. 25. Two other new rock collections joined the Chicago-area group’s set in the top 10.

“American Beauty/American Psycho” was FOB’s third chart-topper, after “Save Rock and Roll” (2013) and “Infinity on High” (2007). Its tally was huge enough to prevent a return to No. 1 by Taylor Swift’s Big Machine smash “1989,” which held steady at No. 2 with a 119,000-unit total.

Representing rap among the new arrivals was Joey Bada$$’ “B4.Da.$$” (Cinematic), which launched at No. 5, moving 58,000. It is the Brooklyn-based performer’s first full-length release, after the 2013 EP “Summer Knights” and five mix tapes.

Portland rock unit the Decemberists’ “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” (Capitol) made its debut at No. 7 with 51,000 shifted. The group’s 2011 title “The King Is Dead” was their lone No. 1 release to date.

Veteran ghoul Marilyn Manson bowed at No. 8 with “The Pale Emperor” (Hell, Etc.), which moved 51,000 (a mere 46 units behind the Decemberists). The rock vocalist-actor’s last set, “Born Villain,” peaked at No. 10 in 2012; he logged two No. 1 albums, “The Golden Age of Grotesque” (2003) and “Mechanical Animals” (1998), during his tenure at Interscope.

Holdover sets included Meghan Trainor’s “Title” (No. 3, 86,000 units, down 64%), Ed Sheeran’s “x” (No. 4, 76,000, down 3%), Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” (No. 6, 54,000, flat), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 9, 50,000, up 1%) and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Special” (No. 10, 49,000, down 37%).

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