Mammoth WVH, the group led by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, rises to the top Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts dated June 26 with his self-titled debut album.
The set begins with 31,000 equivalent album units earned during the tracking week of June 11-17, according to MRC Data, including 30,000 from album sales.
The release marks Wolfgang Van Halen’s second visit to No. 1 on Top Rock and Hard Rock albums, and his first as a bandleader. Formerly Van Halen’s A different truth, on which he played bass, crowned both charts in 2012.
“The response to the album, now that everyone has had a chance to hear it, has been more than I could have ever imagined,” Van Halen said. Billboard. “Thank you so much to everyone who bought it, streamed it, watched a video or called a radio station to support it. It’s because of this incredible support that I’ve been able to Billboard graphics, and words cannot express how happy and grateful I am.
“I’m so proud of this record and I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life. This is just the beginning. Thank you for being part of this journey with me.
Mammoth WVH is the first act to top Top Rock Albums with a feature debut since Oliver Tree with The ugly is beautiful last August. It’s the first such act on hard rock albums since Greta Van Fleet with Pacific Army Anthem in November 2018, after the band reigned supreme with EP Fires one year before.
In parallel, Mammoth WVH debuted at No. 2 on the all-format album chart and at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.
The album’s lead single, “Distance,” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Hard Rock Songs multi-metric chart last November and then spent two weeks atop Mainstream Rock Airplay in February-March. The follow-up to “Don’t Back Down” climbs 10-8 on the latest Mainstream Rock Airplay chart and 23-17 on Hot Hard Rock Songs.