Breaking Benjamin Score Their First No. 1 Album

Breaking Benjamin rocked the Billboard 200 Album Chart, scoring their very first chart-topping album after their new effort "Dark Before Dawn" debuted at No. 1.

The band released "Dark Before Dawn," their fifth studio album, last week and during its first week in stores is sold over 140,000 copies to land at the top of the charts. It follows their 2009 release "Dear Agony" which debuted at No. 4.

"Dark Before Dawn" is the first release from the band's new lineup lead by Benjamin Burnley and which also features Jasen Rauch (Red), Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), Aaron Bruch and Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).

Burnley had this to say about the album's big debut, "We all want to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing fans, everybody at radio and other media outlets for continuing to support Breaking Benjamin.

"We are all so very thankful and extremely grateful for everything your love and support has allowed us to achieve. We'd be nothing without you! Thank you all so very much from the bottom of our hearts for getting us to No. 1! We'll see you all out there on tour!"

That tour kicked off last night in Asheville, NC last night (July 1st) and the band has announced dates that last until October 24th when they will perform at the Aftershock Festival in Northern California.

Their current North American summer tour's first five dates feature special acoustic performances including the Asheville kick off show and the upcoming stops in North Carolina (tonight in Wilmington), Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The trek wraps up on August 29th in Atlantic City, NJ.

7/02 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By The Sea *
7/03 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater *
7/05 - Knoxville, TN - The International *
7/06 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater *
7/14 - Big Flats, NY - Tags Summerstage
7/16 - Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/17 - Oshkosh, WI - Ford Festival Park for Rock USA
7/18 - Cadott, WI - Rock Fest 2015
7/19 - Council Bluffs, IA - Westfair Amphitheater for KIWR River Riot
7/21 - Bloomington, IL - US Cellular Coliseum
7/22 - Rockford , IL - BMO Harris Bank Center
7/24 - Buffalo, NY - Agri Center at Americas Fairgrounds
7/25 - Syracuse, NY - WKRL - NY State Fairgrounds
7/26 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
8/14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
8/15 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
8/16 - Richmond, VA - The National
8/18 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
8/19 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
8/21 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
8/22 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
8/24 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues - Orlando
8/25 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
8/26 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
8/28 - Winston Salem, NC - Ziggy's Outdoors
8/29 - Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal - Mark G Etess Arena
9/19 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
10/4 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Live - Champions Park
10/24 - Elverta, CA (Sacramento County) - Gibson Ranch Park for Monster Energy Aftershock Festival

*Acoustic performance

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