Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots' fourth album "Blurryface" was their first #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The '15 release sold 146,000 during its first week.
"We created 'Blurryface' for you - 14 songs that you accepted and embraced. This is your album. Thank you for putting it on top," wrote the group in a statement.
Six years earlier, Twenty One Pilots formed in Columbus, OH, around vocalist/keyboardist Tyler Joseph with bassist Nick Thomas and drummer Chris Salih.
The name came from an Arthur Miller play where a greedy businessman knowingly sells defective parts that result in the deaths of twenty-one pilots.
Two self-released albums; an '09 self-titled effort and, two years later, "Regional At Best," dropped before Thomas and Salih left, citing busy schedules. Josh Dun, former live drummer of House Of Heroes, soon came onboard.
The group's fortunes turned around when they were signed by Fueled by Ramen.
"Vessel" was their debut on the imprint. The effort reached #58 on the Billboard 200 while the single, "Holding On To You" went to #11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
Then came "Blurryface," containing the keyboard drenched, pop leaning singles, "Fairly Local," "Tear In My Heart" and "Stressed Out." It was named to the top album of the year at the '16 Billboard Music Awards.
2009 Twenty One Pilots
2011 Regional At Best