Bon Iver Lands Entire New Album on Hot Rock Songs Chart

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Bon Iver blasts onto multiple Billboard charts (dated Oct. 22) at No. 1 with new album 22, A Million. Meanwhile, all 10 of the set's songs appear on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

The new album from the Justin Vernon-led folk-rock act launches at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums with 58,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music. While it's the act's first No. 1 on the lattermost list, Bon Iver led Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums for three consecutive weeks apiece with its last studio full-length, 2011's self-titled LP, which sold 104,000 in its first week. That set also sparked the act's win for the best new artist Grammy Award in 2012.

22, A Million also opens at No. 1 on Top Album Sales, marking the first time that Bon Iver has boasted the top-selling album in the U.S. It starts at No. 2 on the consumption-based Billboard 200, garnering 71,000 equivalent album units.


On the Hot Rock Songs chart, which blends radio airplay, digital song sales and domestic streaming data, all 10 of the album's cuts grace the ranking, led by focus radio single "33 'GOD,' " which blasts 41-11, marking Bon Iver's highest placement on the chart. Streaming drives nearly all of the song's rank (2.2 million U.S. clicks, up 327 percent).

The rest of the album's songs slot between No. 18 ("22 [OVER SooN]") and No. 40 ("____45____"). 22, A Million is the fourth album this year whose entire track list has charted on Hot Rock Songs (and the third simultaneously), following David Bowie's Blackstar, Panic! at the Disco's Death of a Bachelor and The Lumineers' Cleopatra. That's no small feat for an act that had never reached the 50-position ranking at all prior to the Sept. 3 debuts of "22" and "10 d E A T h b R E a s T."

Not a Youth Movement: A pair of Billboard chart stalwarts debut in the top 10 of Top Rock Albums, led by Van Morrison, whose Keep Me Singing, his 36th studio album, starts at No. 3 with 25,000 sold. The set also begins on the Billboard 200 at No. 9, the best rank of the 71-year-old's career.

Meanwhile, Bob Weir's Blue Mountain debuts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (21,000 sold), marking the Grateful Dead singer/guitarist's first solo offering to make the chart (which began in 2006). Like Van Morrison, Weir's No. 14 debut on the Billboard 200 is a career-best.

Magical Debut for 'Sorceress': Swedish metal act Opeth lands its first No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart with Sorceress, starting with 16,000 copies sold. The band previously debuted at No. 2 twice, with 2014's Pale Communion (13,000) and 2011's Heritage (19,000). It's also the second No. 1 on the chart in three weeks for Swedish acts; Ghost led two weeks ago (on the chart dated Oct. 8) with Popestar. Sorceress also casts its spell on Top Rock Albums, where it lands at No. 7.