The Head and the Heart's move to Warner Bros. Records results in new chart heights, as the Seattle folk-rockers reach No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts for the first time. The band opens atop both lists, as well as Americana/Folk Albums, with its third studio album Signs of Light, which starts with 37,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music.
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The Head and the Heart enjoy a homecoming on Americana/Folk Albums, as the six-piece previously topped the chart in 2013 with Let's Be Still. The band had charted as high as No. 5 on Top Rock Albums with Let's Be Still; on Alternative Albums, the act had hit No. 23 with its self-titled debut set in 2012. (The band released its first two LPs on the Sub Pop label.)
Signs of Light is also the group's first top five album on the Billboard 200, earning 40,000 equivalent album units upon its launch. Let's Be Still debuted and peaked at No. 10 and The Head and the Heart, No. 109.
The success of Signs of Light accompanies The Head and the Heart's biggest radio hit to date, as lead single "All We Ever Knew" led Adult Alternative Songs for eight weeks (through the Sept. 24-dated chart). The song became the band's second No. 1 on the chart, following "Lost in My Mind" (two weeks, 2011). "Knew" has proven it has legs outside the band's home base on Adult Alternative Songs (where the act has notched five top 10s), becoming the group's first entry on Alternative Songs, where it has reached No. 8 so far.
BASTILLE RETURNS: Bastille starts at No. 2 on both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with sophomore effort Wild World (35,000 sold).
The British band's follow-up to Bad Blood, which yielded the 2014 12-week Hot Rock Songs No. 1 "Pompeii" (which also crossed to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100), marks the group's best debut on either chart, as well as its best sales week, exceeding Bad Blood's bow with 34,000.The new set's lead single "Good Grief" rises to No. 2 on Alternative Songs and No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs. It bullets at No. 10 on Rock Airplay, up by 6 percent to 8 million in rock radio audience.
HOT 'COLD': Also in the top 10 of Top Rock Albums, Of Mice & Men start at No. 6 with Cold World (19,000 sold), the Orange County, California, metalcore act's third top 10 on the chart. The LP arrives atop Hard Rock Albums, where it's the band's second No. 1, following its 2014 two-week leader Restoring Force.