Imagine Dragons earns its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band’s Smoke + Mirrors debuts in the top slot. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based onmulti-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Smoke + Mirrors was released on Feb. 17 through KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, and moved 195,000 units in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 89 percent (or 172,000) of that figure. That 172,000 sum is easily the group’s biggest sales week yet, more than doubling their previous best — 83,000 — registered when their first full-length album, Night Visions, debuted and peaked at No. 2 in its first frame. So far, Night Visions has sold 2.5 million copies to date, and has never left the Billboard 200 chart since its debut 129 weeks ago. (It’s only spent two weeks outside of the top 100, too.) Night Visions spawned three top 20 singles on theBillboard Hot 100 chart: “It’s Time” (peaking at No. 15), “Radioactive” (No. 3) and “Demons” (No. 6). Of those, “Radioactive” also hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart (spending 13 weeks atop the list). The band’s new album was led by the single “I Bet My Life,” which reached No. 3 on the Alternative tally. Smoke + Mirrors is the lone debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, as the next highest new entry is found at No. 14, where Aaron Watson’s Underdog starts with 28,000 units.
Imagine Dragons On Billboard Charts: http://www.billboard.com/artist/303738/imagine-dragons/chart