IMAGINE DRAGONS EARNS FIRST NUMBER ONE ALBUM
Imagine Dragons earned the first Number One album of its career when its sophomore effort, Smoke And Mirrors, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (February 26th).
The disc sold 195,000 total physical, digital and streaming copies in its first week, with 172,000 of those sold as traditional CD copies.
The Las Vegas-based band’s debut disc, 2013’s Night Visions, debuted at Number Two with first-week sales of 83,000 copies.
Night Visions has sold 2.5 million copies to date, and has never left the Billboard 200 chart since its debut 129 weeks ago. It’s only spent two weeks not on the Top 100.
Night Visions spawned three massive hit singles with “It’s Time,” “Demons” and the mega-hit “Radioactive,” which spent 13 weeks atop the Modern Rock radio chart.
Frontman Dan Reynolds said that he tried to ignore the pressure of following up a huge first album: “As an artist, it’s easy to get caught up in that. The best antidote to that, I think, is just staying busy. We’ve certainly been very busy and that’s helped. I don’t understand even how far the band has come unless I talk to my mom on the phone and she’s like, ‘You know, I was talking to Aunt Susie yesterday and she saw your band on such-and-such,’ you know. Then I think, ‘Wow, man, it’s really crazy that even my aunt knows about us.'”
The band’s current single, “I Bet My Life,” recently peaked at Number Three on the Modern Rock survey.
Imagine Dragons will launch a massive, 39-city North American tour on June 3rd in Portland, Oregon, wrapping up on August 1st in Boise, Idaho.