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Machine Gun Kelly tops 'Billboard' 200 for the first time with 'Tickets to My Downfall'

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2020 has been a great year for Machine Gun Kelly.  The 30-year-old rocker found true love with actress Megan Fox and he just charted his first number one album with Tickets to My Downfall.

The rocker’s latest studio effort debuted atop the Billboard 200, not only becoming his first chart-topper, but becoming the first rock album to bow in the number one spot in over a year.

The last rock act to make that climb was Tool‘s Fear Inoculum, which was released September in 2019.

As for MGK, Tickets to My Downfall also bowed atop the Top Rock Albums Chart, which is also his first time breaking onto that particular list.

Before pursuing a more pop/punk vibe, the “bloody valentine” artist previously appeared on the Top Rap Albums chart six times, going to number one in 2015 for General Admission.

Tickets to My Downfall becomes MGK’s fifth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200, and also sold an impressive 126,000 units in its first week of release.  Billboard also reports the album was streamed 81.1 million times.

Overall, this is not only his best performing album and best debut, it also is his largest week — period.  Tickets to My Downfall has sold more copies than any of MGK’s previous efforts, blowing past the artist’s previous bestseller, 2012’s Lace Up, which moved 51,000 in its first week of release.

Prior to shooting to the top, his last highest charting albums were 2015’s General Admission and 2012’s Lace Up.

Overall, the rapper-turned-rocker had stiff competition this week, as juggernaut acts like Carrie Underwood also released new albums last week.  Overall, MGK squared off against five other new releases.

By Megan Stone
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