Muse 'Drones' Tops Billboard 200 Over The Rolling Stones, Of Monsters and Men
Muse has long been a major name in the U.K. music scene, and now the "Dead Inside" rockers are seeing their first major success in America. Today (June 17), it was announced that the band's latest album Drones beat out Of Monsters and Men, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and more for the top album in the United States.
Drones marks Muse's first U.S. No. 1 album, Billboard reports, as the dystopian-themed LP tops the Billboard 200 with 84,000 album equivalent units (which incorporate traditional album sales, streams and single sales). Of the 84,000 AEUs sold, traditional album sales led the pack for Muse, which moved 79,000 full copies of Drones last week following its June 8 release date.
Muse holds off Swift's latest album 1989 which logs another week at No. 2 eight months after its October 2015 release date.
And while Swift keeps a stronghold at No. 2, another new release, Of Monsters and Men's Beneath the Skin, debuts at No. 3, selling 61,000 AEUs. Like fellow rockers Muse, Beneath the Skin's major numbers were mostly from solid album sales as 57,000 full copies of the new record were sold. The other new release in the top 10 this week is technically a re-entry, as The Rolling Stones' 1971 classic Sticky Fingers breaks back into the chart for the first time in over 30 years at No. 5 with 36,000 album equivalent sales. Why now? Sticky Fingers was re-issued and remastered last week, and the deluxe version of the album moved the vast majority of its sales.
Just slightly above that new release, Florence + The Machine's new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful slips from its No. 1 position to No. 4 this week, selling 37,000 copies and landing at No. 4.
No new releases cracked the top 10 this week as familiar fare fills Nos. 6 through 10. Ed Sheeran's x slips to No. 6 at 34,000 copies, Sam Hunt rises to No. 7 Montevallo with 31,000 copies sold, A$AP Rocky's At.Long.Last.A$AP fell five spots to No. 8, Maroon 5's V rises slightly to No. 9 and Meghan Trainor's Title rounds it all out at No. 10.