Machine Gun Kelly’s evolution to a pop-punk sound pays dividends on Billboard’s charts, as Tickets to My Downfall, the rapper-turned-rocker’s fifth studio LP, debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums tallies dated Oct. 10.
Tickets bows with 126,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 63,000 are via album sales, while the release also accrued 60,000 units via streams for its songs.
Tickets scores the biggest week of the year on Top Rock Albums, surpassing Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush, which opened with 110,000 on Feb. 29. It posts the biggest week since Tool’s Fear Inoculum earned 270,000 in its debut on Sept. 14, 2019.
The 60,000-unit streaming mark for Tickets sets a record for the most on Top Rock Albums since the list switched from a pure sales methodology to a consumption-based model in early 2017.
Concurrently, Tickets tops the all-genre Billboard 200, where Machine Gun Kelly earns his first No. 1 after reaching at No. 4 twice, with 2012’s Lace Up and 2015’s General Admission.
The multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart welcomes nearly the entirety of Tickets’ standard edition (14 of 15 tracks), led by “My Ex’s Best Friend,” with Blackbear, at No. 3. The Halsey-featuring “Forget Me Too” is the ranking’s top debut at No. 5, and only the vocal-only interlude “Kevin and Barracuda (Interlude)” does not appear.
Twelve of those songs also reach the 25-position Hot Alternative Songs chart (also led by “My Ex’s Best Friend” at No. 3), giving Machine Gun Kelly the most simultaneous entries on that ranking in its brief four-month history, exceeding Taylor Swift’s 11 from Folklore (Aug. 8-22).
Lead Tickets single “Bloody Valentine” holds at its No. 2 peak on the Alternative Airplay chart for a third week. Machine Gun Kelly is seeking his second No. 1 on any airplay chart, after “Bad Things,” with Camila Cabello, topped Pop Songs for two weeks in February 2017.