Linkin Park tops “Billboard” 200 with “One More Light”

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has grabbed one more number-one album with One More Light.  

The seventh full-length effort from Chester Bennington and company debuts at the top of this week’s Billboard 200 with a total of 111,000 equivalent album units, 100,000 of which were pure album sales.

Previous reports estimated that One More Light would arrive at number two on the Billboard 200 with around 90,000 units, but the album sold a bit better than expected, and was able to edge out rapper Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. for the top spot.

With One More Light, Linkin Park now has six number-one albums on the Billboard 200, the other five being 2003’s Meteora, 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, 2010’s A Thousand Suns and 2012’s Living Things, plus 2004’s Collision Course, their collaborative EP with Jay Z.  

Interestingly, Linkin Park’s breakthrough debut Hybrid Theory never reached number one on the chart, despite being the band’s best-selling album.

Only eight other rock bands have at least six number-one Billboard 200 albums. The Beatles lead the pack with 19, The Rolling Stones have nine, both Led Zeppelin and U2 have seven, and Metallica, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and the Eagles all have six.

One More Light features a polarizing, poppy new sound for Linkin Park, exemplified by the lead single “Heavy.” The band will kick off a North American tour in support of the album July 27 in Boston. The outing includes two stadium dates with Blink-182.

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