Pray for the Wicked, the latest song by Panic! at the Disco, tops the Billboard 200. This feat earned the act’s second Number 1 album on the tally. The band previously hit the top of the list with Death of a Bachelor, their last studio effort that opened in first place in 2016.
Pray for the Wicked released June 22 launched with 180,000 like album units earned in the last full week of June 2018. Of that sum, about 151,000 were traditional album sales. Both of those figures show the most significant week for an alternative rock album this year.
The Billboard 200 chart shows the albums of the week by their popularity in the States. This chart is based on multi-metric consumption that includes traditional album sales, streaming equivalent albums and track-equivalent albums. The new chart dated July 7, where the band debuts at No. 1, is posted on the Billboard’s websites as of July 2.
The album’s start in both traditional album sales and total units marks the most significant week for alternative rock since U2’s Songs of Experience that debuted at No.1 at the end of the 2017 year. A pre-order campaign helped Pray’s impressive sales via the official merch store. Those orders made before June 21 came with early access to purchase tickets to the act’s tour.
The vinyl album sales of Pray have also been incredible on their own. With 26,000 sold, it makes this the fifth-largest week for vinyl in Nielsen Music history that dates back to 1991 when it began.
The single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” led the album. The single is Panic’s the first No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart after 11 entries previous. “Say Amen” topped the list on June 30.
Contenders for the No. 1 spot Belonging to Pray for the Wicked
Post Malone’s beerbongs & Bentleys moved from 4 to 3 with 75,000 units while The Carters’ Everything Is Love drops from 2 to 4 with 59,000 units.
The country duo Dan + Shay collect its third top 10 effort. Their self-titled third studio debuts with 44,000 units at No. 6. Before, the act visited the top 10 with its first two albums. In 2016 Obsessed was No. 8 and Where It All Began made No. 6 in 2014.
Goodbye &Good Riddance by Juice WRLD stepped from 8 to 7 with 44,000 units. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B went from 9 to 8 with 43,000 units. Finally, the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman returns to the top 10 after a week away from the list. With the soundtrack climbing from 12 down to 9 with 33,000 units, it’s making a steady comeback once more.