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Fall Out Boy was pretty much left for dead back in 2009 when the emo-rock act announced it was going on "indefinite hiatus," but the quartet has come back in a big way: its fifth studio album, Save Rock And Roll, debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (April 24th), selling 154,000 copies in its first week of release. That's the third biggest sales week ever for the Chicago-based group and its second Number One debut after 2007's Infinity On High.
The band's last album, 2008's Folie a Deux, sold 150,000 copies to debut at Number Eight on the chart.
Although Fall Out Boy did not release a new album for four years, singer Patrick Stump told us that he never wanted to rest on the band's laurels: "It's one of those things where there are too many people that get celebrated for something and then stop doing it and revel in the fruits of their one-time labor. I don't have time for that. I'm a musician and that's why I got into music, so if I'm not making music, no one should celebrate me."
Save Rock And Roll displaced Paramore's new self-titled album from the top spot on the chart, with the latter sliding to Number 12 in its second week of release on sales of 27,000 copies -- a 74 percent drop from its first week.
Meanwhile, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their highest chart placement ever this week, with new albumMosquito selling 38,000 copies to bow at Number Five. The trio's previous peak was a Number 11 debut for 2006's Show Your Bones.
Fall Out Boy will launch a spring/summer tour of smaller venues on May 21st in Pittsburgh, with dates booked through the end of June. A North American arena tour is on tap for the fall.