Fall Out Boy just scored the Number 1 album in the country. The rock band’s album, American Beauty/American Psycho, is currently sitting at the top of Billboard’s 200 chart. The album was released on January 20th, and it has sold 218,000 equivalent album units in the week ending on January 25th. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums in the US. The album sales are based on traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. American Beauty/American Psycho‘s album sold 192,000 based on pure album sales, becoming the band’s second-best sales week ever. Fall Out Boy’s best sales week was 260,000 with their 2007 album Infinity on High. Fall Out Boy also earned the second biggest sales week for a rock album in the last two years, trailing Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories 2014 album release. Ghost Stories managed to sell 383,000 in one single week.
American Beauty/American Psycho‘s lead single “Centuries” is currently Number 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Its commercial success includes being the unofficial theme song for ESPN’s college football bowl games. On Friday, Fall Out Boy will perform “Centuries” at the NFL‘s annual pre-Super Bowl concert in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to “Centuries,” which has been called the perfect song to be played at sports arenas, the band’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” was another “stadium-approved” anthem. The song was used during NBA and NHL playoffs, NASCAR races, NFL Monday Night Football montages, and MLB postseason promos. Fall Out Boy’s bassist, Pete Wentz, spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the band’s successful sports-themed songs, “To be honest, it became kind of strange when you’d be watching sports, and you’d hear one of our songs, or my dad would be like ‘yep, they played you at the Northwestern game.” Wentz continued, “But you can’t keep going back to the seventies [1970s] for stadium music. At some point there has to be something else.” The rock band Queen released “We Are The Champions” in 1977, and it is one of the most popular songs to play at sports arenas. The record is famously played when a sports team wins a national championship game.