It's official: Pearl Jam has scored their fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200.
The group's new release, Lightning Bolt, secured the top slot on the chart this week with more than 166,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group first topped the Billboard tally with 1993's Vs., then proceeded to score #1 debuts with 1994's Vitalogy, 1996's No Code and 2009's Backspacer, the latter of which sold 189,000 copies its first week out.
While Lightning Bolt's first-week sales are the weakest for any Pearl Jam release, the new record scored the largest debut of any rock album since Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon dropped in November of 2012, moving 169,000 copies during its first week in stores.
In other Billboard 200 news, Paul McCartney added to his long list of career milestones with his latest studio album, New, which debuted at #3 on the chart after selling 67,000 copies. This marks McCartney's 19th non-Beatles album to crack the chart's top 20.
New eclipses the highest chart position of Sir Paul's previous album, Kisses on the Bottom, which reached the #5 spot, although the 2012 standards collection had a slightly more successful initial sales week, with 74,000 units. McCartney's last full-length album of all-original material was 2007's Memory Almost Full, which also debuted at #3, while selling more than twice as many copies -- 161,000 -- as New did during its first week.
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