With its new album, Away From The World, bowing at #1 on the sales chart this week, Dave Matthews Band reaches a new milestone, becoming the first group in chart history to have six straight studio albums debut atop the chart. Away From The World, the band's eighth studio album, sold 266,000 units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Dave Matthews Band also leads in a charge in which the entire top six albums on the chart are all new debuts for only the second time in history. The first time it happened was the week of October 11, 2003, according to Billboard.com.
Coming in behind DMB is Little Big Town's Tornado, which enters at #2 with 113,000 sold. Bob Dylan nets his fifth consecutive Top 10 studio album as Tempest starts at #3 with 110,000. It follows his hot streak of 1997's Time Out of Mind, 2001's Love and Theft, 2006's Modern Times and 2009's Together Through Life. The Avett Brothers scored their best week ever on the chart as The Carpenter bows at #4 with 98,000 sold. The band's previous high-water mark came with 2009's I and Love and You, which debuted and peaked with 40,000 sold in one week. Rock act the xx also saw its biggest sales week with Coexist, shifting 73,000 units for a #5 debut. Lastly, Rock legends ZZ Top score their highest debuting album ever, as La Futura enters the chart at #6 with 31,000. The set gives the trio its best rank since 1990's Recycler reached #6. It's also ZZ Top's first visit to the Top 10 since 1992, when Greatest Hits went to #9, according to Billboard.com.
The rest of the Top 10 is filled out by Imagine Dragons with Night Visions at #7, selling 29,000, Matchbox Twenty's North at #8 with 28,000, and the Now 43 compilation at #9 with 24,000. The #10 album is yet another new debut: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra's self-released album Theatre is Evil, which sold about 24,000 copies. Of the set's first week, 93 percent of its sales came from digital downloads or via Internet retailers.