Week Ending Sept. 16, 2012. Albums: DMB Ties Eagles
Dave Matthews Band lands its sixth #1 album on The Billboard 200 with Away From The World. This puts DMB in a tie with Eagles for the most #1 albums by an American band in chart history. (Matthews was born in South Africa, but he formed the band in Virginia. Eagles came together in Southern California.)
Four other groups have notched six or more #1 albums, but they're not from the U.S. The Beatles have amassed 19 #1 albums, followed by the Rolling Stones with nine and Led Zeppelin and U2, with seven each.
Eagles' six #1 albums extended from 1975's One Of These Nights to 2007's Long Road Out Of Eden. DMB landed its first #1 album, Before These Crowded Streets, in 1998. (Here's an aside that will make Don Henley and Glenn Frey feel old: Dave Matthews was just five years old in June 1972 when Eagles first made the album chart.)
Away From The World sold 266K copies in its first week, which is the largest tally for a rock album since Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto opened with sales of 447K in October. Most of the albums were sold digitally, which constitutes a first for DMB. The album sold 146K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. The band's last album, 2009's Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, sold 134K digital copies in its first week (out of 424K total). Its previous studio album, 2005's Stand Up, sold a mere 23K digital copies in its first week (out of 465K total).
Away From The World is DMB's sixth studio album in a row to debut at #1, which sets a new record for a group. DMB had been tied with Metallica, whose last five studio albums have debuted at #1. This represents DMB's entire studio output since Before These Crowded Streets; Metallica's entire studio output since 1991's Metallica.
But Metallica remains (by far) the American band that has sold the most albums since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard in 1991. Metallica has sold 53,532,000 albums in this period (and many more in the eight years before that). Pearl Jam is second (31,324,000), followed closely by DMB (31,151,000), Aerosmith (31,105,000), Backstreet Boys (31,039,000) and Eagles (30,863,000).