Foo Fighters land their third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Feb. 20) as Medicine at Midnight debuts atop the tally. The set sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 11, according to MRC Data. The band previously led the tally with Concrete and Gold in 2017 and Wasting Light in 2011.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. The new Feb. 20-dated chart (where Medicine debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Feb. 17 (one day later than usual, owed to the Presidents’ Day holiday in the U.S. on Feb. 15). For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Medicine at Midnight’s first-week sales of 64,000 across all formats (CD, vinyl LP, digital download, etc.), 36% came from vinyl LP sales: 23,000, as it starts at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart). CDs and digital albums split the remainder of the first-week sales, with 20,000 each.