"Going To Hell", the second album from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, the band led by actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen, sold 35,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on March 18 via Razor & Tie.
"Going To Hell" far outperforms the band's 2011 debut album "Light Me Up" (via Interscope), which debuted at No. 65 on The Billboard 200, selling 8,700 in the first week.
Razor & Tie co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam comment: "We are beyond thrilled by THE PRETTY RECKLESS' chart success and huge start at radio.
"Taylor is a rock star and we need more of those. We will be supporting this record for the rest of the year and beyond. This is just the beginning."
Manager David Sonenberg of DAS Communications adds: It's extremely gratifying to see THE PRETTY RECKLESS at #5 on the album charts and #1 on the rock charts. A lot of hard work from everyone involved and well deserved success for Taylor and the band."
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS has become the second female-fronted act in the last three years to hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart. The band's new single, "Heaven Knows", hit the top of the survey last week, allowing THE PRETTY RECKLESS to join the Lzzy Hale-fronted HALESTORM as part of a small and very select list of chart-topping rock acts fronted by women.
Momsen began her career as an actress when she was a child before becoming a full-time musician years later. She told The Pulse Of Radio that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do. "They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal," she said. "I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record's worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren't surprised when I jumped ship."
The video for "Heaven Knows", in which Momsen appears semi-nude, has gotten more than 2.7 million views on VEVO.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS is currently supporting FALL OUT BOY on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.
The band is also confirmed to perform at all of the major U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City and others.