It's been a good couple of weeks for alt/rock artists! Paramore and Fall Out Boy each released new albums after long layoffs and topped the album chart with sales north of 100,000 copies! Billboard reports on Fall Out Boy:
One rock band replaces another atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Fall Out Boy's "Save Rock and Roll" debuts at No. 1, bumping last week's champ, Paramore's "Paramore," down to No. 12. Fall Out Boy bows with 154,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the quartet's third-biggest sales week ever. Only the No. 1 arrival of "Infinity On High" in 2007 (260,000) and a busy Christmas frame for "From Under the Cork Tree" in 2005 (157,000) were larger.
Fall Out Boy had been in a race for No. 1 this week with Kid Cudi, who sees his new "Indicud" debut at No. 2 with 136,000. Initially, industry sources had forecast both albums -- released last Tuesday (April 16) -- to sell around 150,000. However, Kid Cudi fell behind a bit once the weekend hit, and Fall Out Boy pulled ahead by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 21.
And here's an excerpt from the article from Billboard last week about Paramore:
Rock band Paramore nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. The former's self-titled set starts with 106,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Paisley's "Wheelhouse" launches with 100,000.
For Paramore, it's the trio's first album since 2009's "Brand New Eyes," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with a 175,000 start. The new album's lead single, "Now," slipped off the Alternative Songs chart this week, after peaking at No. 13 in March.
"Paramore" is the second chart-topper for its label, Fueled by Ramen. The company earlier hit the top with Fall Out Boy's "Infinity On High" on Feb. 24, 2007.
While Paramore is currently on the Fueled By Ramen roster, Fall Out Boy are FBR alumni. I'm sure they're proud of both!
Fueled By Ramen is now based out of New York, but the label has roots in Tampa and Gainesville.