On Friday, June 8th, Dave Matthews Band officially released their ninth studio record, Come Tomorrow. Now, after the initial week’s numbers have been tabulated, Billboard has indicated that Dave Matthews Band’s new album has debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, marking the band’s 7th #1 album. The new June 23rd-dated chart (where Dave Matthews Band debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites tomorrow, June 19th.
As Billboard notes, “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 new album’s big opening-week numbers are significant for surpassing numerous records and previous high-water marks. According to Billboard, Come Tomorrow marks Dave Matthews Band’s seventh straight studio album (dating back to 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets) to debut at the top spot, making them the only group that has ever achieved that feat. Come Tomorrow‘s opening week sales also mark the highest numbers for any rock album since Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories debuted at #1 more than four years ago. Come Tomorrow‘s big numbers also mark the most successful overall week for any group act since One Direction‘s late-2015 album, Made in the A.M. In addition to its historically significant numbers, Come Tomorrow earned the fourth-largest overall sales week of 2018.
The Billboard 200 measures music consumption across multiple platforms, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). For a full breakdown of the criteria used, head here.
According to the album’s announcement, the 14-track collection of tunes was created in studios across the United States and with several different producers, including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo, and Rob Evans. The album, which was crafted in between tours, also features artwork from Béatrice Coron, “who creates narrative allegories in silhouette to render archetypal stories.” Listen to the album below:
Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow – Full Album