Twenty One Pilots gunning for first number one album

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's becoming increasingly clear that Blurryface, the fourth full-length album from Columbus duo Twenty One Pilots, is a hit.

According to a Billboard report, the album, which surfaced May 19 on Fueled By Ramen, is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, with forecasts suggesting sales nearing 120,000 units. Final sales figures and results will be announced on Wednesday, May 27.

The band's success can be attributed at least in part to its grassroots approach, which frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun discussed in depth in a 2012 interview with Alive.

"A lot of times when you're starting out, you have to know that you're not playing to the five friends you brought out. You're playing to the bartender who's going to tell the owner about the show, that you need to bring them back for this time here. That's important," Joseph said. "So … our initial goal was to rise up in Ohio."

It appears the plan is working. In addition to what will likely be its first chart-topping album (Twenty One Pilot's previous effort, Vessel, peaked at No. 58 following its Jan. 2013 release) the duo is gearing up for its biggest hometown show to date: a Sept. 18 appearance at the Schottenstein Center.

Though impressive, the local pair's arena rise isn't entirely unexpected, considering its career arc.

In 2012 Twenty One Pilots sold out the 2,200-capacity LC Pavilion, and a year later it returned to sell out the venue's 5,500-capacity outdoor amphitheater. Then in Sept. 2014 the group sold out back-to-back shows at the LC Pavilion outdoors.

Tickets for Twenty One Pilot's upcoming concert at the Schott are $32.50 and can be purchased by clicking here.