It’s the rock band’s first leader on both the Classical Albums & Classical Crossover Albums charts.
Rock band Foreigner forges new chart territory, as the group debuts at No. 1 on both the Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts with its new release, Foreigner With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
The live set — which reinterprets the band’s familiar tunes, including “Feels Like the First Time” and “Urgent,” with a classical twist — starts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first No. 1 for the band on both charts, and also the first leader for the group’s collaborator, the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra.
Foreigner — which has previously topped the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Songs and Adult Contemporary Songs chart — isn’t the first rock or pop act to find its way to No. 1 on the Classical Albums or Classical Crossover Albums tallies. Previously, artists such as Elvis Presley, Sting, Nas, Tori Amos and Ben Folds have topped both lists.
Donnie Reis is credited for violins and violas on tracks “Cold As Ice,” “Urgent,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Juke Box Hero.”