Thirty Seconds to Mars Earn Highest Charting Album Ever on Billboard 200 With ‘America’

Apr 17, 2018 · 2 min read

4/15/2018 by Keith Caulfield

Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars scores its highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as its new studio album, America, debuts at №2 on the list dated April 21.

It’s the second top 10 effort for the act, surpassing its previous high, logged when Love Lust Faith + Dreams debuted and peaked at №6 in 2013.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 21-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 17.

Of America’s starting unit total, 54,000 were in traditional album sales — the group’s second-largest sales week ever. Its only bigger week was earned by the 69,000 start of This Is War in 2009. (America’s sales bow was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the band’s upcoming tour, which starts on June 6.)

America was preceded by the hit single “Walk on Water,” which peaked at №2 for eight weeks on the Alternative Songs airplay chart in December and January. It also became the band’s first top 10 hit on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally, reaching №7 on the Dec. 30-dated list.

America has since scored another hit single with “Dangerous Night,” which has so far climbed to №8 on the Alternative Songs chart (dated April 14), becoming the group’s ninth top 10 on the tally.