Red Hot Chili Peppers entered at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart this week, as the band’s “Unlimited Love” raked in 97,500 in album-equivalent units, landing the foursome its first chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 200 albums since “Stadium Arcadium” achieved it 16 years ago.
The veteran group proved unbeatable on the sales front. Out of all that 97,500-unit total sales, 82,500 were purely traditional album sales. And out of those 82,500, 38,500 copies were sold on vinyl, making it the second-highest weekly album total for a rock act since the inception of weekly tracking in 1991.
On-demand streams for the Chili Peppers’ tracks summed up to 19.96 million, according to MRC Data. And, Machine Gun Kelly’s “Mainstream Sellout,” which was No. 1 last week slid down to No. 9 in the second week, with its 30,500 album-equivalent units which means a 67% decline.
Lil Durk’s “7220” album clinched the No. 2 spot, with 51,000 units, closely pursued by “Encanto.” Meanwhile, on the Billboard Hot 100, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Harry Styles’ “As It Was” barged into the chart and made itself comfortable at No. 1.
It may come as a surprise to many that this new single of his is only the second No. 1 he’s ever had on that chart since the days of “Watermelon Sugar,” though he’s had four tracks penetrate the top 10.