For the week ending Jan. 22, Death earned 190,000 equivalent album units, including 169,000 in pure album sales, helping it displace the previous chart-topper, David Bowie’s Blackstar.
Besides shattering Panic!’s own weekly sales mark — the band’s 2008 sophomore effort Pretty. Odd. sold 139,000 when it debuted — Death‘s success also signifies commercial viability for Brendon Urie, currently Panic!’s only member. “The name Panic! symbolizes everything that I’ve worked for,” Urie recently told EW. “It’s given me fans and the chance to travel worldwide and care about something that I created.”
Notably, Panic! didn’t only bump Bowie from the top spot. Blackstar fell from No. 1 to No. 4, because Adele’s 25 and Justin Bieber’s Purpose held their spots at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.