Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Unlimited Love’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200 – Billboard

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Red hot chili peppers’ unlimited love jumps on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 16) at number 1, becoming the band’s second leader and first chart-topping hit since 2006 Stadium Arcadium† The new set was released on April 1 and tops 97,500 equivalent album units earned in the US in the week ending April 7, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. In total, the group has counted eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.

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unlimited love replaces Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream Sale tops the chart (the latter drops to No. 9 in its second week), bringing the back-to-back rock album list to No. 1 for the first time in more than four years. It last happened when The Killers’ Beautiful Beautiful debuted at number 1 on the October 14, 2017 chart, a week after Foo Fighters’ Concrete and gold opened at number 1. (Rock albums are defined as albums that have a hit) Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart.)

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. Units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit is equivalent to the sale of one album, or 10 individual songs sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscriber on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new April 16, 2022-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on April 12. For all the chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

By unlimited loveEarned 97,500 equivalent album units, album sales include 82,500 (it’s the best-selling album of the week); SEA units include 14,500 (equivalent to 18.96 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs); and TEA units include 500.

Remarkable, unlimited love is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first #1 on the Billboard 200 in nearly 16 years — since Stadium Arcadium spent the first two weeks at the top of the list (Charts from May 27-June 3, 2006). The last act to last longer between No. 1 albums was Celine Dion, who waited 17 years and nearly eight months between A new day has come (one week at number 1 on April 13, 2002) and Courage (one week at number 1 on November 30, 2019).

unlimited love records the largest week, by equivalent album units and album sales, for any rock album in more than a year. The Last Bigger Week Through a Rock Set was recorded by Paul McCartney’s McCartney III when it debuted at number 2 on the January 2, 2021-dated chart with 107,000 units – of which album sales reached 104,000.

unlimited loveSales in the first week were boosted by the availability of multi-color vinyl LP variants and special editions (including versions for Target, Walmart, Amazon, independent record stores and the band’s official web store). All told, the set sold 38,500 copies on vinyl — the biggest week of sales for a vinyl album in 2022, and the second biggest week of sales for a rock album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991. Jack White’s debut frame only Lazaretto (40,000) posted a bigger week for a rock album on vinyl since 1991 (chart June 28, 2014). unlimited love claims the biggest week on a vinyl for a group’s rock album in that 31-year span.

unlimited love was ushered in by the #1 hit “Black Summer” on the Alternative Airplay chart – the band’s 14th leader on the list. The new album is the group’s first with guitarist John Frusciante since Stadium Arcadium in 2006. The release of the new set was celebrated with some Los Angeles-specific celebrations – fitting, considering the band was founded in LA. 1 and played an in-store gig at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 7 (the first in-store gig in over two years and first at the new location). Flea from the group even played “The Star-Spangled Banner” on bass guitar during the Los Angeles Lakers home game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3 (No doubt Lakers fans were also excited to know that unlimited love was also pressed on limited edition purple and gold vinyl.)

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Durk’s chart-topping chart 7220 ranks second with 51,000 equivalent album units earned (down 18%). A trio of other former No. 1s is up next, with the charm soundtrack stable at number 3 (50,000; less than 14%), that of Morgan Wallen Dangerous: The Double Album idle at number 4 (44,500; less than 1%) and Olivia Rodrigo’s Pickles a non-mover at number 5 (40,000; a 20% increase after her multiple Grammy Award wins on April 3, as well as her performance of “Drivers License” on the CBS-TV awards broadcast).

The Weeknd’s Compilation The highlights is also steady at number 6 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned (up 2%).

Yeats 2 alive returns to the top 10, shooting from number 69 to number 7 with 31,500 units (up 141%) following the deluxe reissue on April 1 with additional bonus tracks. The album debuted and peaked at number 6 on the March 5 chart.

Drake’s Former Leader Certified Lover Boy falls 7-8 with nearly 31,000 equivalent album units earned (-1%), Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream Sale falls 1-9 in the second week (30,500; down 67%) and Doja Cat’s Planet Her is pushed 9-10 down (30,000; up 4% after her televised Grammy Award win on April 3 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the album “Kiss Me More”, featuring SZA).

Luminate, formerly MRC Data, de independent data provider for the Billboard charts, completes an exhaustive and thorough review of all data submitted in compiling the weekly rankings. Luminate reviews and verifies data and removes any suspicious or unverifiable activity using established criteria before making and publishing final chart calculations. Working with Billboard, data deemed suspicious and unverifiable will be disqualified prior to final calculation.

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