Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Top 200
PEARL JAM's tenth full-length studio album, Lightning Bolt, has struck the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 165,000 copies in its first week. Making for the biggest rock debut of 2013, Lightning Bolt also held the top of the iTunes Overall Albums Chart and Rock Albums Chart. Internationally, it became the #1 album on iTunes in 56 countries. The album also yielded "Sirens", which was #1 in 18 countries and also topped the iTunes rock song along with "Mind Your Manners".
This marks the multiplatinum-selling Grammy Award-winning band's fifth number one album on the chart and second consecutive chart-topper, following 2009's Backspacer. It's also the first record in the legendary Seattle group's history to be released under the newly minted joint venture between their very own Monkeywrench and Republic Records.
Lightning Bolt has also garnered unanimous critical acclaim from top tastemakers. Bestowing 4 stars upon the album, Mojo proclaims, "its aching charm is undeniable", and People adds in its 4-star review, "It's everything you want from a PJ album: earnest, furious, tender, transcendent". The Los Angeles Times describes, "the album's most striking moment, the atmospheric 'Pendulum' is framed by ghostly guitar and echoey percussion as Vedder ventures into another dark night of the soul", and The Guardian dubs it, "a sturdy return to great form". Entertainment Weekly writes, "In fact, the band has thrived this long by heeding an ocean-like motion, shifting with crack assurance from choppy and punk-y to swelling and gorgeous, as if an enigmatic wind stirs it all up," while Rolling Stone claims, "the band's exacting musicianship, storied integrity and respect for fans is key to PEARL JAM's longevity". New York Daily News asserts, "It pays homage to Pearl Jam's core style, proving it to be remarkably durable and fresh", and ARTISTdirect.com says, "PEARL JAM at their most pure and powerfulone of the year's best records".
Right now, PEARL JAM is in the midst of a nationwide headline tour, playing key arenas across the country. Kicking off 2014, the group will head down under to headline the historic "Big Day Out" festival in New Zealand and Australia.