A few weeks after its release, Mania brought the pop-punk/emo band Fall Out Boy back to the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
The group consisting of Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley, for the first time, became the top musical act in the United States. This resurgence comes in the wake of the success of the band's seventh studio album.
Billboard measures the artist's activities across music consumption including album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming, and social media fan interaction. The Artist 100 chart was launched in 2014 and has since provided a "multi-dimensional ranking" of an artist's popularity.
Since the chart's creation, Fall Out Boy is only the 12th act to re-enter the Artists 100 chart at the top spot. Prior to the release of their new album, rapper Eminem also achieved the same feat by landing on the number 1 spot on Jan. 3. Fall Out Boy is also the first rock group to top the chart since U2 in December.
Billboard adds that album sales contributed to majority of the band's points that landed them at the top of the Artist 100.
Fall Out Boy Mania
Mania, released on Jan. 19, brought Fall Out Boy back to the spotlight. Their previous album, American Beauty/American Psycho, came out in 2015.
The album was initially scheduled to be released last September, but Fall Out Boy opted to push the launch to January. In a previous interview, Wentz revealed that the delay allowed the band to refashion the album.
"It was probably the best decision we made ... Maybe three days after we delayed it, that's when we wrote 'The Last of the Real Ones.' I think that was a turning point for the album. When we wrote "Young and Menace," it was like, where do we go from here? I don't think we found a solid place until we wrote 'Real Ones.'" the bassist said. "The best way to describe [the original version of the album] is... we have casual fans who are like, 'I just know the one song,' and we also have the more hardcore fans who go deep on the albums. There were songs that were not compelling enough to be playlist songs or singles and there wasn't the depth or quality [for them] to be these album songs. It was just meandering bullshit, kind of. It was just fine, it was okay."
The 10-track record debuted on the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart last month. According to Nielsen Music, the band sold 130,000 equivalent album units within the week of Mania's release.
The album is the band's fourth chart-topper since they broke into the music scene. It also marks the band's third consecutive studio album to reach the number 1 spot.
After their renewed popularity, Fall Out Boy is going on tour to promote Mania. The band will make pit stops to major cities across the United States and the world. Machine Gun Kelly, Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die, Against the Current, State Champs, L.I.F.T., and nothing, nowhere will also tag along.