5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘C A L M’ debuts at No 1

The band’s fourth studio album is bestselling album of the week

C A L M — the acclaimed new album from 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) — debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with over 133,000 equivalent album units sold, just 5000 short of the No. 1 spot. This was in spite of a clerical shipping error that saw 11,000 CD sales appear in the chart one week early causing a fan backlash and online petition calling for Billboard to amend the numbers. C A L M lands at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart selling over 113,000 in physical album sales. In addition, the bands fourth studio album took the No. 1 spot on the charts in Australia and in the UK, where C A L M is the third biggest week one of the year.

Primarily made with producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Camila Cabello), C A L M is 5SOS’ first full-length for Interscope. The album’s impressive chart performance is fueled by the success of previously released singles like “Easier” (featured on Billboard’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2019), “Teeth,” “No Shame,” “Old Me,” and new single “Wildflower.” Hailed by Billboard as the Australia-bred band’s “most musically complex project yet,” C A L M finds 5SOS pushing further into the edgier, industrial-inspired sound they first explored on their third album Youngblood (a chart-topping effort featuring such smash singles as the double-platinum title track and gold-certified “Want You Back”).

In creating the 12 dynamic tracks featured on C A L M, 5SOS reached a whole new level of honesty and emotional depth in their songwriting, ultimately lending a remarkable durability to their music. “These new songs feel like something we could keep playing for the next ten years, or even beyond that,” says bassist Calum Hood. “It feels like our first album — like we finally found what we’d been trying to achieve since the beginning of this band.”

Band member Ashton Irwin posted a length social media video sharing his thoughts on the matter. “I’m apprehensive to share this video, I think I’ve censored myself fairly well, I feel fearful to speak up about the albums that went out early for fear or loosing partnership with media outlets… but here’s some thought’s…”

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.