Panic! At The Disco have earned their second consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with their critically acclaimed sixth album, Pray For The Wicked
. Debuting at No. 1 on iTunes in 22 countries, the album launched with 180,000 equivalent album units earned, 151,000 of which were traditional album sales. Both figures represent the biggest week for an alternative rock album in 2018, according to Billboard. According to Nielsen Music, the album saw the fifth-largest week for a vinyl effort since the company began tracking sales in 1991. Lead single "Say Amen (Saturday Night) is also currently No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs Chart and current single "High Hopes" is exploding at streaming services.
Frontman Brendon Urie recently launched Highest Hopes Foundation (HHF) - an umbrella foundation created to support the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop, and advocate support for human rights for all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. The first of many donations to come, Urie pledged a one million dollar donation to GLSEN to provide resources, training, and support to students working to created student-led GSA clubs in their K-12 schools last week. Panic! At The Disco will be allocating $1 of every ticket from the U.S. dates of the band's headline arena Pray For The Wicked Tour to HHF and in the coming days and months, Urie and the foundation will announce upcoming donations and activations with a variety of charitable organizations.
Next week, Panic! At The Disco will embark on the first leg of their Pray For The Wicked Tour in support of the album, which has sold out multiple venues including Madison Square Garden in New York City and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Produced by AEG presents, the tour's first leg will kick off on July 11, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, and will visit arenas throughout the summer before concluding in the band's hometown of Las Vegas on August 18, 2018. A R I Z O N A and Hayley Kiyokoprovide support.
Tour dates and more information can be found at Panicatthedisco.com