News•May 5, 2020 4:20 PM ET•2,330 views
Dance Gavin Dance album 'Afterburner' debuts in Top 15
California post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance have scored their third consecutive Top 20 debut with new record, Afterburner, which has landed at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of 23,362 album equivalent units (17,028 pure sales) in its first week of release in the United States. Additionally, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales, Top Rock Albums, and Hard Rock Albums charts. The impressive debut is made even more so by the fact that Afterburner was only released digitally with no physical release to count towards the aforementioned first-week numbers. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down manufacturing, physical copies of the album were not ready for the planned release date. Regardless, Dance Gavin Dance made the decision to go ahead with a digital-only release, effectively forfeiting any physical sales for week one. For comparison's sake, the band's previous album, 2018's Artificial Selection, sold roughly 30,000 in its first week and bowed at No. 15 on the Billboard 200. Their 2016 album Mothership debuted at No. 13 on the strength of 19,400 in first-week sales. Going back further, Dance Gavin Dance's Instant Gratification (2015) album sold roughly 14,600 copies in its debut week and landed at No. 32 on the Billboard 200.
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