Linkin Park recently released their latest studio effort kicked off by lead single "Heavy." One More Light marks the seventh studio album and was released via Warner Bros. Records and their own imprint Machine Shop. As reflected on the May 31 update, the album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with larger numbers than expected.
One More Light opens with a solid 111,000 units which combines sales, streaming and track download data. Of that number, 100,000 were in traditional album sales easily making it the best-selling album of the tracking week which concluded May 25, debuting at No. 1 on Top Album Sales. Initially, early predictions saw Light debuting at No. 2 on the 200 tally with 90,000 overall units and 80,000 in sales. In recent weeks, predictions have been modest with actual numbers turning out to be slightly higher.
Linkin Park's latest album is now the band's 10th top 10 album overall. That number includes six other studio albums, a mash-up album in collaboration with Jay Z (Collision Course) and two remix albums. The band's previous album The Hunting Party debuted at No. 3 in 2014 selling 110,000 copies just behind Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour back before streaming and track downloads were factored into the Top 200 formula.
Lead single "Heavy" reached No. 2 on Hot Rock Songs while peaking at No. 14 on Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs) and No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The follow-up single's lyric video for "Invisible" was released on May 10 and was produced by RAC and Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson). The track is about a parent telling their children something they may not want to hear but are doing it out of love.
In other chart news, last week's No. 1 leader, the self-titled set by Harry Styles, has dipped to No. 3 in its second week. The album moved an additional 67,000 units taking a sharp drop of 71 percent. Kendrick Lamar's No. 1 album DAMN. moves up to No. 2 from No. 3 with 98,000 units.