AceShowbiz - The 1975 has scored their first No. 1 album on Billboard 200. The British band's latest effort, "I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It", makes its debut on the chart at No. 1 with 108,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music. That sum includes 98,000 in pure album sales.
Not only does the album become The 1975's first chart-topper, but it also gives the group their first top 10 effort on the list. Their 2013 self-titled debut set arrived and peaked at No. 28, and has so far sold 349,000 copies.
Next on this week's Billboard 200, last week's first placer Adele's "25" falls to No. 2 with 74,000. Rihanna's "Anti" also slips one rung to No. 3 with another 71,000. Trailing behind the ladies are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose "This Unruly Mess I've Made" starts at No. 4 with 61,000 units including 51,000 in pure album sales.
The hip-hop duo's sophomore effort is led by the single "Downtown" that peaked at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100. Their debut LP, "The Heist", reached No. 2 on the albums chart and spawned several hits like "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us" which bowed atop the singles chart.
Closing out the top 5 is Justin Bieber's "Purpose" that drops from No. 3 to No. 5 with 56,000. The Canadian heartthrob's followed by Kelly Clarkson, whose "Piece by Piece" album soars from last week's No. 120 to this week's No. 6 with 44,000 units thanks in large part to her emotional performance of its title track on "American Idol".
During the February 25 episode of the singing contest, Clarkson who's a former "American Idol" winner made a return to the show and brought everyone including her and judge Keith Urban to tears with her ballad.
Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" is sitting at No. 7, slipping from last week's No. 5 with 43,000. Twenty One Pilots' "Blurryface" falls to No. 8 with 36,000. Rock band Anthrax is the next newcomer in the top 10 as their "For All Kings" album opens at No. 9 with 34,000. The group last visited the region in 1993 with "Sound of White Noise", which debuted and peaked at No. 7.