After a fairly long period when only one or two albums by veteran artists broke through on the charts, we're having a real groundswell of activity.
This week's Billboard Album chart, which will be out tomorrow, will have Jimi Hendrix' People, Hell and Angels at number 2 with sales of 72,000 copies. The album is his highest charting in over 44 years, since Electric Ladyland hit number 1 on November 1968.
Further down this week at 17 is Memphis by Boz Scaggs. While not as auspicious a debut as Hendrix, it is still Scaggs highest charting album in 33 years going back to 1980's Middle Man.
As for next week's chart, which will be published a week from tomorrow, it looks like a very close race between two veteran artists.
While a number 1 for Bon Jovi is a bit old hat (they previously did it with Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Lost Highway and The Circle), David Bowie has never had a chart topping album in the U.S. Of his 26 studio albums, only four have even made the top ten in America, Diamond Dogs (1974 / #5), Young Americans (1975 / #9), Station to Stations (1976 / #3) and Let's Dance (1983 / #4).