Thirty Seconds to Mars Earn Highest Charting Album Ever on Billboard 200 With ‘America’
4/15/2018 by Keith Caulfield
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.