March 7, 2016


The 1975 Scores First No. 1 Album, Tops Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Billboard 200

Courtesy of The Windish Agency
Courtesy of The Windish Agency

The 1975 just earned the first No. 1 album of its career in the U.S., as the epically titled sophomore LP I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart this week. 

The band's follow-up to its 2013 self-titled record notched 108,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, of which 98,000 were pure album sales. The 1975 peaked way down at No. 28 in September 2013.

Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess I've Made starts with a quiet No. 4 debut, which 51,000 units sold. Billboard points out that the hip-hop duo's debut album, The Heist, started with 78,000 copies sold in its first week in 2012, but went on to sell 1.5 million copies thanks to hits like "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."

In other album news, Kelly Clarkson is back in the Top 10 after a performance of "Piece by Piece" on American Idol went viral last month. The album of the same name sat at No. 120 on the Billboard 200 last week; this week, it's back at No. 6.