On The Charts: The Civil Wars’ Rough Time Equals Billboard Chart Success

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Internal discord and an indefinite hiatus couldn’t stop fans of the Civil Wars from gobbling up the band’s new self-titled album.

The Civil Wars, the country/folk duo’s sophomore release, earns the group its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, selling 116,000 in its debut week, according to Billboard.

It’s the best sales week ever for the much-discussed band, too. Previously, Joy Williams and John Paul White managed a 36,000-selling week for the group’s debut disc, Barton Hollow — and that wasn’t even in the record’s first week on sale.

The Civil Wars triumphs not because of a hot radio single or smash hits that preceded the new release. The strife between the bandmates, who went on a hiatus last November and are not on speaking terms, defines the album, making it a record that’s painful, yet powerful.

RELATED: On The Civil Wars’ New Album, Tension Is The Only Friend 

The Civil Wars’ top placement spells a No. 2 debut for the newest installment in the NOWcompilation series. NOW 47 debuts with 82,000 copies moved, a 9,000-album decrease from 46, which came out in May.

Though Robin Thicke‘s inescapable “Blurred Lines” continues to top the Hot 100, the album of the same name fell from the top spot to No. 3 this week, selling 65,000 copies its second week out. Another former No. 1, Jay Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, drops from 3 to 4, with 48,000 sold.

An appearance on Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards may prove beneficial for the stars of Disney’s Teen Beach Movie next week, but this week, the album’s soundtrack is at No. 5, selling 38,000 copies.

Two other debut albums peaked inside the top 10 this week. Rock outfit Asking Alexandria scores its best first sales week and highest chart bow at No. 6, selling 38,000 copies of From Death to Destiny. The band’s previous best? No. 9, with 31,000 sold, in 2011. Also debuting inside the top 10 was gospel artist Tye Tribbett’s Greater Than, which hits No. 9 with 30,000 sold.

Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (No. 7, 37,000), Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 (No. 8, 35,000) and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times (No. 10, 26,000) round out the top 10.

Next week’s charts may find country staying atop the chart, with Luke Bryan’s new album being a major threat to Civil Wars’ reign.

-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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