Pearl Jam's 'Backspacer' Hits No.1!

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Pearl Jam / Photo by Danny Clinch
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William Goodman

Pearl Jam's spark is back! The revitalized alt-rock sound of the SPIN cover boys' latest album, Backspacer, has secured the Seattle band the No. 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, with 189,000 album copies sold in the first week of release!

The triumph is the quintet's first chart-topper since 1996's No Code, and career fourth. Their last studio album, 2006's self-titled effort, debuted and peaked at No. 2, Billboard reports. Elsewhere on the charts, Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 slid to the No. 2 spot, while Brand New's Daisy debuted at No. 6 with 46,000 copies sold, delivering the band's first top 20 release. SPIN's September cover boys Muse hold the No. 10 spot with The Resistance.

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Pearl Jam's ascent to No. 1 started this past summer with a succession of excellent live performances, which included spot-on renditions of Backspacer tracks like "The Fixer" and "Get Some." EdVed and crew opened their North American tour with a bang in Toronto, headed south for a pair of awesome sets in Chicago, wowed a massive crowd at San Francisco's Outside Lands fest, and slayed the home team with a set of classics and rarities -- and debuted a four-piece string section!

Pearl Jam continue their U.S. tour this weekend in Los Angeles. From there, they hit Austin City Limits, San Diego, and cap with a Halloween gig in Philadelphia.

Can't get enough of Pearl Jam? Check out SPIN's special-edition Pearl Jam issue, featuring a 12-page portfolio of classic photographs from Pearl Jam sessions and live concerts, as well as rare behind-the-scenes moments. It also sports a too-hot-for-newsstands cover depicting Eddie Vedder flipping the middle finger! Buy a copy here.

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