The country ensemble sold over 200,000 copies of their fourth album 'Jekyll + Hyde' to ease to the top of the American charts.
There’s change at the top of the American albums chart this week as the Zac Brown Band enters at Number 1 with its fourth LP Jekyll + Hyde.
The eight piece ensemble notched up their third consecutive Billboard chart topper by selling 228,000 copies, including track equivalent and streaming equivalent sales, in the week ending May 3rd, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
These are impressive sales figures for the group, which previously had Number 1 albums in 2012 with Uncaged and 2010 with You Get What You Give. Jekyll + Hyde contains two popular singles already, one being the Chris Cornell collaboration ‘Heavy is the Head’ and the other the country-flavoured ‘Homegrown’.
Country band leader Zac Brown is at Number 1 in the US for a third time
There’s another new entry at Number 2, for vocalist Josh Groban’s seventh album Stages. The record features Groban tackling a range of famous musical theatre songs, from such productions as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. It sold 180,000 copies, and includes collaborations with the likes of Kelly Clarkson.
Far behind at Number 3 is the soundtrack to Furious 7, which continues to perform well in both the albums and singles charts as well as the box offices, with 53,000 copies sold. The final new entry in the Top Ten is at Number 4, for another country artist in the shape of Tyler Farr. His album Suffer In Peace sold 42,000 copies.
Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, still benefitting from having been released physically a fortnight ago, drops a place to Number 5 with 37,000 units shifted. Likewise, the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey falls one spot to Number 6, with 36,000 copies sold.
Last week’s Number 1, which was a new entry for retro rock act Alabama Shakes with Sound & Color, falls six places to Number 7. It sold 34,000 copies this week, down almost two thirds on last week’s six-figure sales.
Finishing off the Top Ten are three mainstays of the Billboard charts. Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is at Number 8 (33,000); Taylor Swift’s 1989 is down three to Number 9 (32,000); and Meghan Trainor is a non-mover at Number 10 with Title (31,000).