And now, some of the most unexpected news since 2001: a Blink-182 album has managed to do what no album could do in the past nine weeks: dethrone Drake’s Views for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums list. Yes, Blink-182.
The band that dominated your high school life sold 186,000 “equivalent albums”—adjusted to take streaming songs and full albums into account—of their brand new full length California Of that number, 172,000 were traditional album sales, which is the third largest week for a rock album this year.
This is the band’s first album in five years and their second No. 1.
The 15 years between No.1 albums is the second longest for a rock band to go after AC/DC’s almost 27 year gap between For Those About to Rock We Salute You and Black Ice.
This was also their first album with Matt Skiba as the singer/guitarist instead of co-founder Tom DeLonge.