Van Halen's 'A Different Kind of Truth' Lands at No. 2 on the Charts

Van Halen's new album, A Different Kind of Truth, has officially landed in the No. 2 spot on this week's Billboard charts. The band's first new album with David Lee Roth in 28 years moved more than 187,000 copies in its first week on sale.

Normally those types of numbers would be more than enough to take home the No. 1 spot, but the Van Halen train just couldn't derail the juggernaut that is Adele, who sold 242,000 copies of her hit album 21 last week, likely pushed by the buzz around the Grammys where she performed and took home six awards.

Van Halen's last No. 1 album was the band's 1996 greatest-hits compilation. Oddly enough, the band have never had an all-original studio album with David Lee Roth reach the No. 1 spot, while four of their albums with Sammy Hagar accomplished the feat.

To be fair to DLR, though, 1984 likely would have reached No. 1 if not for some stiff competition -- a little record called Thriller.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.