Pearl Jam Officially Top the Billboard Chart With 'Lightning Bolt'

artist: pearl jam date: 10/24/2013 category: general music news
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Pearl Jam Officially Top the Billboard Chart With 'Lightning Bolt'
Seattle rock veterans Pearl Jam have officially scored their fifth No. 1 US record as "Lightning Bolt" topped the Billboard 200 chart this week with 166,000 units shipped within the first week. Eddie Vedder and co. have therefore knocked pop star Miley Cyrus off the throne, since her "Bangerz" release scored 72,000 copies sales figure. As Billboard reports, the given amount of copies is the smallest debut frame in Pearl Jam history, but was still enough to become the largest debut figure in the rock domain since last November. The group's previous album, 2009's "Backspacer," opened with 189,000 units. Apart from five No. 1 spots, the rest of Pearl Jam records also scored impressive sales, as four of their albums reached No. 2 chart peaks and only a single No. 5 spot with 2002's "Riot Act." On the rest of this week's chart, former the Beatles bassist Paul McCartney landed at No. 3 with his "New" effort, country veteran Willie Nelson entered on No. 9 with "To All the Girls" and folk rockers Head and the Heart rounded up the Top 10 with their sophomore record "Let's Be Still." "Lightning Bolt" dropped on October 15 via Monkeywrench Records. Featuring Brendan O'Brien in charge of production duties, the album spawned two singles so far - "Mind Your Manners" back in July and "Sirens" tune in mid-September.
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