The rock band leads the list with its first release in nearly eight years.
Rock band Brand New nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Science Fiction starts atop the tally with 58,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 55,000 were in traditional album sales. The set was released Aug. 18 through the band's own Procrastinate! Music Traitors label, and is the first album from the band in nearly eight years.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 9-dated chart (where Science Fiction debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Aug. 29).