Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Unlimited Love’ Ranks No. 1 on Billboard 200 – Billboard
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unlimited love jumps onto the Billboard 200 album chart (dated April 16) at No. 1, marking the group’s second frontman and first chart-topping effort since 2006 Stadium Arcadium. The new set was released April 1 and bows with 97,500 equivalent album units earned in the US in the week ending April 7, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. In total, the band has had eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.
Unlimited love replaces Machine Gun Kelly General public sale at the top of the chart (the latter dropping to No. 9 in its second week), giving the list of consecutive rock albums to No. 1 for the first time in more than four years. It last happened when The Killers Wonderful Wonderful debuted at No. 1 on the October 14, 2017 chart, a week after Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold opened at No. 1. (Rock albums are defined as those that hit Billboardof the Top Rock Albums list.)
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multimetric consumption measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. Units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals 1 album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 official ad-supported audio and video streams or 1,250 paid/on-demand subscription generated songs from a album. The new table dated April 16, 2022 will be published in full on Billboard‘s website on April 12. For all charting news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram.
Of Unlimited loveof the 97,500 equivalent album units earned, album sales include 82,500 (this is the top-selling album of the week); SEA units include 14,500 (equivalent to 18.96 million official on-demand streams of songs from the set); and TEA units include 500.
Particularly, Unlimited love is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in nearly 16 years — since Stadium Arcadium spent its first two weeks at the top of the list (May 27-June 3, 2006). The latest act to spend more time between No. 1 albums was Celine Dion, who waited 17 years and nearly eight months between A new day has arrived (one week at No. 1 on April 13, 2002) and Courage (one week at No. 1 on November 30, 2019).
Unlimited love marks the biggest week, in equivalent album units and album sales, for any rock album in over a year. The Last Week Biggest By A Rock Set Was Recorded By Paul McCartney’s McCartney III when it debuted at No. 2 on the January 2, 2021 chart with 107,000 units – including 104,000 album sales.
Unlimited loveFirst-week sales were boosted by its availability in multiple color vinyl record variants and special editions (including releases for Target, Walmart, Amazon, independent record stores, and the band’s official online store). In total, the set has sold 38,500 copies on vinyl – the biggest sales week for an album on vinyl in 2022, and the second biggest sales week for a rock album on vinyl since Luminate began. to track music sales in 1991. Only the first executive of Jack White’s Lazaretto (40,000) posted the largest week for a rock album on vinyl (June 28, 2014 chart) since 1991. Thus, Unlimited love claims the biggest week on vinyl for a rock album by a band during that 31-year span.
Unlimited love was ushered in by the No. 1 hit “Black Summer” on the Alternative Airplay chart – the band’s 14th leader on the count. The new album is the band’s first with guitarist John Frusciante since Stadium Arcadium in 2006. The release of the new ensemble was celebrated with specific celebrations in Los Angeles – appropriate, since the group formed in LA The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 31, held a show surprise at the Fonda Theater on April 1 and played an in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 7 (the store’s first in-store performance in over two years, and the first in its new location). The band’s Flea even performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on bass guitar during the Los Angeles Lakers’ home game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3. (No doubt Lakers fans were also thrilled to know that Unlimited love was also pressed on a limited edition purple and gold vinyl.)
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Durk’s chart topper 7220 ranks second with 51,000 equivalent album units earned (down 18%). A trio of other former No. 1s are next, with the Encanto soundtrack stable at No. 3 (50,000; down 14%), Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: the double album stationary at No. 4 (44,500; down less than 1%) and Olivia Rodrigo Sour a non-move at No. 5 (40,000; up 20% following her multiple Grammy wins on April 3, as well as her performance of “Drivers License” on the CBS-TV awards broadcast).
The Weeknd Compilation The strong points is also stable at No. 6 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned (up 2%).
by Yeat 2 Alive returns to the top 10, jumping from #69 to #7 with 31,500 units (up 141%), following its deluxe re-release on April 1 with additional bonus tracks. The album debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the March 5 chart.
Drake’s former leader Certified lover falls 7-8 with nearly 31,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%), Machine Gun Kelly’s General public sale falls 1-9 in its second week (30,500; down 67%) and Doja Cat’s planet she is pushed down 9-10 (30,000; up 4% after its televised win at the Grammy Awards on April 3 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the album “Kiss Me More”, featuring SZA).
Luminate, formerly MRC Data, the independent data provider of Billboard charts, performs a comprehensive and thorough review of all data submissions used to compile weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data, removing suspicious or unverifiable activity using established criteria before final chart calculations are made and published. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious and unverifiable is disqualified before final calculation.