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Red Hot Chili Peppers become first rock band to earn two #1-selling albums in single year since 2005

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have earned a Billboard chart rarity with their new album, Return of the Dream Canteen.

The latest effort from the “Californication” rockers — and their second of 2022 — sold 56,000 copies in its debut frame, making it the best-selling record of the week. Having already led the Top Album Sales ranking earlier this year with April’s Unlimited Love, the Peppers are the first rock band in 17 years to have earned two #1-selling records in the span of 12 months.

The last rock band to accomplish that feat was System of a Down, who earned two #1 albums in 2005 with Mezmerize and Hypnotize. Those two records remain the most recent System of a Down albums.

On the Billboard 200, which also incorporates streaming data into its ranking along with traditional album sales, Return of the Dream Canteen debuts at #3 with a total of 63,000 equivalent album units. Unlimited Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Elsewhere on this week’s Billboard 200, The 1975‘s new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language starts at #7, giving Matty Healy and company their fourth-straight top 10 record.

In the U.K., Being Funny debuted at #1 on the Official Albums Chart. Every one of The 1975’s five albums has bowed at #1 in their home country.

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