Foo Fighters released their ninth studio album, “Concrete and Gold,” on September 15, and this week it tops the Billboard 200 albums chart, which makes it only the second number-one album of their career, following “Wasting Light” in 2011. Could that be good news for their Grammy chances? They’ve been nominated for Album of the Year twice before: for “Wasting Light” and “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” (2007) before that.
The ambitious “Concrete and Gold” moved 127,000 equivalent album units, the vast majority of which (120,000) were traditional album sales — the rest of the equivalent units are based on individual track sales and streaming. But it’s been a relatively slow year for rock music in general. Billboard reports that only five rock albums have topped the chart in 2017 so far: “American Dream” by LCD Soundsystem, “Science Fiction” by Brand New, “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire, “One More Light” by Linkin Park, and now “Concrete and Gold.”
A slow year for rock could be especially advantageous for the Dave Grohl-led band at the Grammys. The recording academy’s nominations review committee often likes to include a balance of genres in the general field, and they might consider the stalwart band as an ideal representative for rock music. Though they’ve never won an award in the general field, they have proven to be Grammy darlings with 10 victories to date, eight of which were in the rock field, including Best Rock Album three times: “One by One” in 2004, then “Echoes” and “Wasting.”
Lil Uzi Vert rises to number-two on the chart this week with “Luv is Rage 2,” while last week’s number-one album, Thomas Rhett‘s “Life Changes,” drops to number three. And speaking of Grammy contenders, the Album of the Year frontrunner as of this writing, “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar, is back in the top-five, rising from number-eight to number-four.
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