Weezer Find Out ‘Everything Will Be Alright’ in the Top 10

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.15.14 in News

Weezer‘s return to first principles has brought yet another return to the upper rungs of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The alt-pop eccentrics’ new album, the reenergized Everything Will Be Alright in the End, sold slightly more than 34,000 copies in the week that ended October 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s good for a No. 5 debut and Weezer’s seventh top 10 album overall. The band’s last outing, 2010′s Hurley, came in at No. 6 with 45K. (See Wondering Sound contributor Garrett Kamps’s interview, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Will Not Die in Obscurity.)

The boys from Blue fell well shy of the top spot, however. Country singer Jason Aldean has the No. 1 album with his Old Boots, New Dirt, which sold 278K in its first week. That’s the third-biggest sales week of the year so far, behind only Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383K) and Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288K). Of course, that ranking will all be moot once Taylor Swift releases 1989 later this month.

Another notable album bowing on the top 10 is Stevie Nicks‘s new-old 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault. The latest effort from the Fleetwood Mac icon reached No. 7 with 33K. With that, she earns her sixth top 10 solo LP.

Elsewhere on the charts, singer-songwriter Hozier enters at No. 2 with his self-titled album, selling 58K with help from an October 11 Saturday Night Live performance. Barbra Streisand‘s duets album Partners, which topped the charts a few weeks ago, held strong (No. 3, 49K). So did Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s one-time No. 1Cheek to Cheek (No. 4, 37K).

Beyond that, Blake Shelton got to watch last week’s Prince-defeating Bringing Back the Sunshine slide to No. 6 (34K). After Nicks at No. 7 come a couple of other albums in their week of sales, with The X Factor winners Alex & Sierra’s It’s About Us (No. 8, 27K) and Keyshia Cole’s Point of No Return (No. 9, 25K). Rounding out to the top 10 is Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour, which moves up a couple of spots (No. 10, 24K). The U.K. crooner visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night; watch him perform “I’m Not the Only One” below.

Speaking of lonely hours, do you suppose he’s heard Pinkerton?