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Dave Matthews Band Scores Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Come Tomorrow'

Dave Matthews Band

Band scores its biggest week for a rock album in four years, sets record as the group with the most consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums.

Dave Matthews Band notches its seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Come Tomorrow launches atop the tally. The set, which was released on June 8 via Bama Rags/RCA Records, earned 292,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 285,000 were in traditional album sales — the biggest sales week for a rock album in over four years.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 23-dated chart (where Dave Matthews Band debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, June 19.

Here are some of the highlights of Come Tomorrow’s big No. 1 debut:

Record-Breaking No. 1 Debut: Come Tomorrow is Dave Matthews Band’s seventh straight studio album to debut at No. 1 — making them the only group to see seven consecutive studio albums bow at No. 1. The band’s hot streak dates back to 1998, when Before These Crowded Streets started at No. 1 — marking the group’s first leader. (Dave Matthews Band has charted many other non-studio albums since 1998 that did not go to No. 1, including a greatest hits package and a bevy of live releases.)

Biggest Week for a Rock Album in Over Four Years: Come Tomorrow starts with the largest week for a rock album in overall units since the Billboard 200 transitioned to a consumption units-ranked list in late 2014. Further, the album scores the biggest sales week for a rock release in more than four years — since Coldplay’s Ghost Stories bowed with 383,000 copies sold (chart dated June 7, 2014). Come Tomorrow’s big first week was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the group’s tour that began on May 18.

Biggest Sales Week of 2018: Come Tomorrow easily notches the biggest sales week for an album in 2018, with 285,000 copies sold. It surpasses the previous high-water mark of the year, set when Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods started with 242,000 copies sold (Feb. 17-dated chart). The last album to sell more in a week before Come Tomorrow was Taylor Swift's reputation., when it bowed with 1.2 million (chart dated Dec. 2, 2017).

Largest Overall Week for a Group Since 2015:
No group has logged a week as big as Dave Matthews Band with Come Tomorrow in total units since One Direction’s Made in the A.M. started at No. 2 with 459,000 units on the Dec. 5, 2015-dated chart.

Fourth-Largest Overall Week of 2018: Only three albums have tallied bigger weeks in 2018, and all were accomplished in their opening frames: Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (461,000 units; May 12), J. Cole’s KOD (397,000; May 5) and Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (293,000).

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