Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unlimited love jumps onto the Billboard 200 album chart (dated April 16) as No. 1, marking the band’s second lead and first hit list topping since 2006’s Arcadium Stadium. The new set was released on April 1 and bows with 97,500 similar album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 7, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. In total, the group has collected eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.
Unlimited love replaces Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream sales at the top of the hit list (the latter drops to No. 9 in its second week), giving the list back-to-back rock albums at No. 1 for the first time in over four years. It last happened when The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful debuted as No. 1 on the hit list on October 14, 2017, a week after Foo Fighters’ Concrete and gold opened at No. 1. (Rockalbum is defined as those who have hit Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums Chart.)
The Billboard 200 list ranks this week’s most popular album in the United States based on multimetric consumption measured in similar album units, compiled by Luminate. The devices include album sales, track-equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming-equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit corresponds to an album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid / subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new chart from April 16, 2022 will be published in its entirety on Billboard‘s website on April 12. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Unlimited love‘s 97,500 equivalent album units earned, album sales include 82,500 (it’s the best-selling album of the week); SEA units comprise 14,500 (equivalent to 18.96 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs); and TEA units include 500.
Especially Unlimited love is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in almost 16 years – since Arcadium Stadium spent his first two weeks at the top of the list (May 27 – June 3, 2006 hit lists). The last act that went further between No. 1 albums was Celine Dion, who waited 17 years and almost eight months between 6 p.m. A new day has come (a week of No. 1 on April 13, 2002) and Against (a week at No. 1 on Nov. 30, 2019).
Unlimited love has the largest week, measured by similar album units and album sales, for any rock album in over a year. The last major week at a stone set was recorded by Paul McCartney’s McCartney III when it debuted as No. 2 on the hit list on January 2, 2021 with 107,000 units – of which the album sales included 104,000.
Unlimited lovefirst week’s sales were boosted by its availability across vinyl LP variants in several colors and special editions (including versions for Target, Walmart, Amazon, independent record stores and the band’s official webshop). In all, the set sold 38,500 copies on vinyl – the biggest sales week for an album on vinyl in 2022 and the second largest sales week for a rock album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991. Only the debut frame by Jack Whites Lazaretto (40,000) posted a major week for a vinyl rock album (June 28, 2014 hit list) since 1991. Thus, Unlimited love claims the biggest week on a vinyl for a rock album by a group in the 31-year-old era.
Unlimited love was heralded by the number 1 hit “Black Summer” on the Alternative Airplay list – the band’s 14th leader on the list. The new album is the group’s first with guitarist John Frusciante since Arcadium Stadium in 2006. The release of the new set was celebrated with some Los Angeles-specific festivities – fittingly when the band was formed in LA. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 31, staged a surprise show at the Fonda Theater on April 1, and played an in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 7 (the store’s first in-store performance in over two years, and first time at its new location). The group’s Flea even played “The Star-Spangled Banner” on bass guitar at the Los Angeles Lakers’ home game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3rd. (Without a doubt, Lakers fans were also happy to know that Unlimited love was also printed on limited edition purple and gold vinyl.)
As No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 is Lil Durk’s top list 7220 holds in second place with 51,000 equivalent album units earned (down 18%). A trio of other former No. 1s are the next, with Charm The soundtrack is stable at No. 3 (50,000; down 14%), Morgan Wallens Dangerous: The Double Album stationary at No. 4 (44,500; a decrease of less than 1%) and Olivia Rodrigos Angry a No. 5 non-mover (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 show).
The Weeknds Collection The highlights is also stable at No. 6 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned (up 2%).
Yeats 2 live returns to the top 10 and goes from No. 69 to No. 7 with 31,500 units (up 141%), following its deluxe re-release on April 1 with additional bonus numbers. The album debuted and topped as No. 6 on the hit list on March 5th.
Drake’s former leader Certified Lover Boy falls 7-8 with nearly 31,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%), Machine Gun Kelly Mainstream sales falls 1-9 in its second week (30,500; falls 67%) and Doja Cat’s The planet her is pushed down 9-10 (30,000; a 4% increase after her televised Grammy Award win on April 3 for best pop duo / group performance on the album’s “Kiss Me More”, featuring SZA).
Luminate, formerly MRC Data, the independent data provider for the Billboard charts, completes an exhaustive and thorough review of all data submissions used to compile the weekly chart rankings. Light reviews and authenticates data, removes any suspicious or unverifiable activity using established criteria before the final chart calculations are made and published. In cooperation with Billboard, data considered suspicious and non-verifiable will be disqualified before the final calculation.