Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have notched their first ever No. 1 album in the U.S. and Canada. Their latest studio release Hypnotic Eye has given the veteran Florida rockers their first chart topping album of their entire 38-year career.
According to an article posted Aug. 6 at Billboard.com, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and longtime backing band topped the Billboard 200 in the U.S., moving 131, 000 copies, as well as hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Canadian album chart. Hypnotic Eye, which hit shelves to critical acclaim on July 29, marks the 13th collaboration between Petty and the band.
The multi-Platinum selling group has scored numerous No. 1 singles on Billboard's U.S. rock charts and hit No. 2 twice with their albums 1979's Damn the Torpedoes and 2010's Mojo, but never before scored a No. 1 album. The album also earned Petty his best sales week since 1994, when his solo album Wildflowers moved 161,000 units. Posting to their official Facebook page, the band thanked fans for the album's success, writing, "Hypnotic Eye is the number one album in the U.S and Canada! Tom and the band thank you, the fans, for all of your support!"
The "Free Falling" hitmaker has been busy making appearances to promote the album, which included a high profile appearance July 31 on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Hypnotic Eye Tour kicked off Aug. 3 in San Diego, Calif. at Viejas Arena and wraps up Oct. 10 in Inglewood, California, at The Forum.
The Canadian leg begins Aug. 14 in Vancouver, B.C. at Rogers Arena and finishes Aug. 28 at Montreal's Bell Centre. Fans purchasing a concert ticket will receive a copy of the new record.
Petty and band will also make a couple of festival headline appearances, which include Aug. 9 in San Francisco at Outside Land Music and Arts Festival, as well as Sept. 6 in Arlington, Virginia, at Interlocking Music Festival. For more details, click here.
Did you know? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.