Joji Scores First No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums Chart With ‘Smithereens’

Joji’s Smithereens becomes his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts, opening atop the surveys dated Nov. 19.

Smithereens bows with 57,000 equivalent album units earned in the Nov. 4-10 tracking week, according to Luminate.

The set’s streaming equivalent unit count of 40,000 is the best for any album on the chart since the debut week of Zach Bryan’s American Heartbreak, which accumulated 65,000 units from streams (June 4).

Smithereens surpasses the No. 2 debut and peak of Joji’s Nectar on the Top Alternative Albums ranking dated Oct. 10, 2020.

Concurrently, Smithereens starts at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200, marking Joji’s third top five entry, following the aforementioned Nectar and 2018’s Ballads 1 (both No. 3 peaks).

Six cuts from Smithereens dot Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, led by “Die for You” at No. 4. The song earned 12.1 million official U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads Nov. 4-10. The former count places the track at No. 2 on Alternative Streaming Songs (as well as No. 32 on the all-genre Streaming Songs list), while the latter generates a No. 18 showing on Alternative Digital Song Sales.

“Before the Day Is Over” follows on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs as the album’s other top 10, beginning at No. 10 with 5.1 million streams.

Kevin Rutherford