After nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake’s “Views” is dethroned from the top position by Blink 182’s new set, California. The latter debuts at No. 1 with 186,000 equivalent album units sold in the week ending July 7, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 172,000 were in conventional record sales — the third-biggest sales week for a rock record in 2016.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular records of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 16-outdated graph (where California is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s sites on Tuesday, July 12.
California is Blink 182’s second No. 1 album, following 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which spent one week at No. 1 on the June 30, 2001-dated list.
The new album is the group’s first without its co founder, singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, who departed the act in 2015. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has since stepped in for DeLonge.
The new album was led by the single “Bored to Death,” which reach No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart dated July 9, indicating the act’s first No. 1 on the list since 2004.
California’s sales launch of 172,000 copies sold is additionally the band’s biggest sales week since 2003, when its self-titled record bowed at No. 3 with 313,000 sold. Between that album and the new release, the group issued three albums, all which saw their best sales week inside their introduction week.
As mentioned before, California’s sales of 172,000 is the third-largest for a rock album in 2016. The only sets to post larger sales weeks were the introductions of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool (173,000) and David Bowie’s Blackstar (174,000).
It has been 15 years and 17 days since Blink 182 was last at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, which is the longest gap between No. 1 records for an act since 2012. That year, Lionel Richie returned to No. 1 after 25 years, six months and 25 days, when his Tuskegee set climbed to the top on the list dated April 28, 2012. It was his first No. 1 since Dancing on the Ceiling spent its second and final week atop the chart, way back on Oct. 4, 1986.
Blink182’s difference between No. 1’s is the longest for a rock act since AC/DC waited 26 years and 10 months between For Those About to Rock We Salute You in 1982 and Black Ice in 2008. For Those About to Rock We Salute You third and final week at No. 1 was on Jan. 9, 1982 while Black Ice’s first of two frames in the penthouse was on Nov. 8, 2008.
Adele’s 25 holds at No. 7 with just over 32,000 units (down 3 percent), the first Broadway cast recording of Hamilton falls 6-8 with 32,000 (down 11 percent) and the Epic AF compilation moves 8-9 with 28,000 units (down 1 percent).
Blake Shelton’s “If I’m Honest” rounds out the top 10, as it steps 15-10 with 27,000 units (up 41 percent). The record is up 52 percent in sales (to 21,000), 23 percent in TEA (to 4,000 units) and less than 1 percent in SEA (to a little more than 2,000 units). The album was sale priced in the iTunes Shop for $6.99 during the monitoring week — and Shelton’s Twitter and Facebook accounts both boosted the offer.