Imagine Dragons managed to hit the number one spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart with their sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors. The band did not have really much competition this past week, and that likely helped with the success of Smoke + Mirrors (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records). It sold a total of 195,000 units last week.
Some critics are saying that the first album, Night Visions, by Imagine Dragons was better, as it had the huge hit songs Demon, Radioactive and It’s Time on it and no big hits have — so far — jumped to the top of the charts from Smoke + Mirrors. The band’s second album probably owes its initial sales success to how well Night Visions eventually did.
This past week marked the best week that Imagine Dragons has ever had, in terms of sales. When Night Visions debuted in September 2013, the album sold 83,000 copies its first week out, compared to the 195,000 of Smoke + Mirrors. As more and more people caught on to exactly how great Night Visions really was, the album eventually had sales in excess of 2.5 million copies and hit number two on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons took over the number one spot from Drake’s surprise hit album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which fell to the second spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week. Still, Drake’s effort has managed to remain the biggest-selling album of 2015 to this point in the year.
Besides the Imagine Dragons album, Smoke + Mirrors, and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake, the only other album on this week’s Billboard chart that sold copies in the six-figure range was the soundtrack for Fifty Shades of Grey. It sold 165,000 copies.
Imagine Dragons might have a difficult time remaining at the number one spot this week. That is because two albums which have the potential to be huge sellers are debuting this week, First Kiss by Kid Rock and Dark Sky Paradise, by Big Sean. If the second album by Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors, can still hold onto the number one spot or only fall one or two places, it might have some staying power and could eventually outsell Night Visions.
The 195,000 copies of Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons that have been sold includes 179,000 physical copies of the album and the rest of the figure is based on how many times the albums and songs from it have been streamed by fans of the group. It is a pretty good sign for Imagine Dragons that the vast majority of sales have been based on actual physical copies rather than mostly on downloads.
The second Imagine Dragons album, Smoke + Mirrors, has not yet spawned any runaway hits as was the case with songs like Demons and Radioactive from Night Visions. However, there have been a couple of songs from the album that have been getting extensive radio play, like the current moderately successful hit, I Bet My Life. That song managed to reach the number three spot on the Billboard Alternative Music chart
With Imagine Dragons finishing off one tour and having released two albums in the space of two years, the group is already considering going on a second tour in support of Smoke + Mirrors. Imagine Dragons still retains the bounce and seemingly boundless energy that helped make them one of today’s most popular bands.
The new tour Imagine Dragons will embark on will begin in June, and it will be named after Smoke + Mirrors. They will tour not only in the United States, but also in Canada, and then internationally.
Imagine Dragons has managed to continue the success that propelled Night Visions to sales of more than 2.5 million copies so far with the group’s second album, Smoke + Mirrors, which debuted at number one this past week on the Billboard Top 200 chart. If Smoke + Mirrors manages to capture the attention of the buying and listening public that Night Visions has done, the latest Imagine Dragons album might eventually outsell the group’s 2013 debut and add further proof that the success of Imagine Dragons is not all…smoke and mirrors.
Written By Douglas Cobb