The Lumineers‘ latest release has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, marking the first No. 1 album for the folk rock group.
According to Billboard, the band’s second studio collection, Cleopatra, topped the Billboard 200 chart with 125,000 units sold. Out of that number, 108,000 were from traditional album sales. The album’s single, “Ophelia,” has held the No. 1 spot on the Adult Alternative Songs chart.
Frontman Wesley Schultz told EW “the bedrock of the album” come from the song of the same name, “Cleopatra,” telling a story about a woman named Manana from the Republic of Georgia.
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“She drives taxis and is this badass lady – she’ll pick you up at the airport with a cigarette hanging out her mouth and a beer can between your legs,” he said. “We live in a country fully of Instagram and pictures of life more beautiful than you ever thought it could be and she comes from the exact opposite perspective and she doesn’t ask for pity. She has a willingness to confront life.”
Rounding out the top five on the Billboard chart are Deftone’s Gore, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, and Rihanna’s Anti.