John Mayer's The Search for Everything debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated May 6), marking his unprecedented third leader on the list in 2017. No act had previously landed three No. 1s on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006, in a single year. (Mayer's feat is all the more impressive given that the year is not even half over.)
Mayer's first full-length since 2013's Paradise Valley debuts with 132,000 equivalent album units, of which 120,000 are pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week, in both equivalent units and pure sales, for a rock album in 2017 and the top start since Metallica's Hardwired… to Self-Destruct opened with 292,000 units, including 282,000 copies sold (Dec. 10, 2016).
Mayer's third No. 1 of 2017 follows a pair of EPs, The Search for Everything: Wave One and Wave Two, which introduced songs eventually released on the full-length. Wave One premiered at No. 1 on the Feb. 11-dated chart (49,000 units), while Two followed on March 18 (31,000).
Already the record-holder for the most No. 1s on Top Rock Albums, Mayer ups his total to seven leaders. Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews Band rank second with five apiece.
The arrival of the new LP sparks 11 of its 12 songs onto Hot Rock Songs, with all 12 having charted to date. The newly released "In the Blood" is the highest-ranking this week, debuting at No. 13. "Love on the Weekend," the album's lead single, already completed its run and remains the album's highest-charting track on Hot Rock Songs, having peaked at No. 5 (Dec. 10).
Mayer has charted 24 total titles on Hot Rock Songs, which began in 2009, trailing only Mumford & Sons (31), Imagine Dragons (28) and Coldplay (27).
On the Billboard 200, the new album debuts at No. 2, marking Mayer's seventh to chart in the top two. Three hit No. 1, most recently 2012's Born and Raised.