So close! #1 with 97.5k SPS (82.5k sales) and 38.5k were vinyl sales which gives them the second-biggest sales week for a rock album on vinyl since sales tracking started in 1991 (behind Jack White’s Lazaretto which opened with 40k vinyl sales). Funny enough Jack’s new album is out this week; wonder if he’ll replace them that fast.
#1, where they deserve to be. Their longevity really is astounding.
There's been so much music lately, I haven't given this album the proper deep-dive it deserves. But after several spins, it's classic RHCP and if you're a fan, this has a lot to love. Their classically goofy lyrics, strong melodies and hooks, Kiedis' eternally melancholic voice, instrumentals that aren't afraid to veer off the beaten path. They could have trimmed it by three or four songs IMO, but even the more mid stuff if perfectly listenable (except "These Are The Ways," which is an outright terrible song).
Also, no second single announced yet but Aquatic Mouth Dance, Whatchu Thinkin', and Here Ever After were included in their New Orleans Jazz Festival set (along with TATW) so let's hope one of those three is next.
Projected to debut at #3 with 61k SPS (54k sales). 💪🏽
Solid album; I think UL is stronger (these are basically just Anthony’s psychedelic rambling leftovers) and I was expecting something funkier overall but I do hear how several tracks could be easily exchanged between the two albums records and they sound as tight as ever.
Based on the title, album cover and the first single, I'm surprised by how subdued this album is. I was expecting something more upbeat and funky.
It feels like a mellower/more nomadic extension of UL. I don't think it's as tight as that album (and that album wasn't exactly tight either, lol). But it's a nice listen so far, will probably open up with repeated listens.
I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm.. so... scared.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Score Second No. 1 of 2022 on Top Album Sales Chart With ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’ By Keith Caulfield 10/26/2022
"Canteen" crowns multiple charts, including Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Vinyl Albums & Tastemaker Albums.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Return of the Dream Canteen debuts atop multiple Billboard album charts (dated Oct. 29). The set, which is the band’s second studio effort of 2022, bows at No. 1 on Top Album Sales, Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Top Current Album Sales, Tastemaker Albums and Vinyl Albums. The set sold 56,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Luminate.
Notably, on the Top Album Sales chart, the Peppers have scored a pair of No. 1s in 2022 (Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen) – making it the first group with two No. 1 rock albums on the chart in less than 12 months since 2005. That year, System of a Down doubled-up at No. 1 with Mezmerize and Hypnotize. (The Peppers have logged their two 2022 No. 1s six months and two weeks apart; System of a Down notched theirs in 2005 six months and a week apart.)
In total, the Peppers have logged four No. 1s on Top Album Sales: Canteen, Unlimited Love, The Getaway (2016) and Stadium Arcadium (2006).
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units.
Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums rank the week’s most popular rock and alternative albums, rock albums and alternative albums, respectively, by equivalent album units. Top Current Album Sales lists the week’s best-selling current (not catalog, or older albums) albums by traditional album sales. Tastemaker Albums ranks the week’s best-selling albums at independent and small chain record stores. Vinyl Albums tallies the top-selling vinyl albums of the week.
Of Return of the Dream Canteen’s 56,000 copies sold, vinyl sales comprise 26,500 – 48% of its first-week. CD sales comprise 21,500 – 38% of its debut frame. The album’s robust vinyl sum was driven by over 10 available variants, including exclusive versions for Target, independent record stores and the Peppers’ webstore.
The album was led by the single “Tippa My Tongue,” which hit No. 1 on both the Rock & Alternative Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts. On the latter, it’s the 15th No. 1 for the group, extending its record for the most No. 1s in the chart’s history.
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