Tuesday, September 29, 2015

David Gilmour Debuts at 5 in the U.S.; Adams' "1989" Outsells Swift; Alabama's Best in 32 Years

David Gilmour has set a new solo best in the U.S. with his latest album Rattle That Lock.

Lock debuts this week at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums, one spot better than his last album, On An Island (2006 / #6). His first two solo albums, David Gilmour (1978 / #29) and About Face (1984 / #32) didn't fare as well.

Ryan Adams' bold experiment, covering Taylor Swifts' 1989, has become a hit, so much so that its debut this week at number 7 is one spot higher than Swift's original. This is, of course, the first time that the same album with the same track list by two different artists has placed this high on the charts.

1989 also ties for the second highest charting album of Adams' very prolific career. His 2014 self-titled album went to number 4 but three albums, Easy Tiger (2007), Ashes & Fire (2011) and 1989, have all peaked at number 7.

Keith Richards smashes his record for highest charting solo album in the U.S. with Crosseyed Heart opening at number 11. His two previous solo efforts, Talk is Cheap (1988) and Main Offender (1992) peaked at 24 and 99, respectively.

Alabama also have a big debut with Southern Drawl, their highest charting album on the Top 200 in 32 years. Their album The Closer I Get... peaked at number 10 in 1983, just four spots higher than the new album. Their 1982 set Mountain Music also peaked at 14, putting Southern Drawl in the top three charting album of their career.

Chris Cornell's fourth solo album, Higher Truth, starts at number 19, the lowest of any of his efforts but that is all relative as three of the four premiered between 17 and 19. Only 2009's Scream started higher at number 10.

The hope that the selling of Prince's HITNRUN Phase 1 in a wider variety of venues would help boost its low sales seems to have fallen flat. The album drops from 70 to 75 after moving from a Tidal exclusive to multiple retailers. His 33rd studio album, it is the lowest charting since 2001's The Rainbow Children only went to 109. Since then, every one of his albums that were released conventionally reached the top ten.

Judy Collins showed extremely strong sales at Amazon, where her new album Strangers Again topped their CD chart a number of times, but it didn't translate from other retailers, placing the album at number 77 in its first week. Even so, it's her highest charting album on the Billboard Top 200 since 1979 when Hard Times For Lovers went to number 54. It is also her first album to make the chart since 1982.

Glen Hansard debuts at 92 with his second solo album, Didn't He Ramble. He had previously peaked at number 15 as part of The Swell Season with Strict Joy and 7 with the soundtrack from the movie Once.

At 134 is the debut of what is, unbelievably, Darlene Love's first solo album in decades, Introducing Darlene Love.

Finally, the long list of debuts by veteran artists for the week comes to a close with the Grateful Dead, who start at 161 with 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995.

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:

  1. What a Time to Be Alive - Drake and Future
  2. Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
  3. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  4. GO:OD AM - Mac Miller
  5. Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
The top five singles:
  1. The Hills - The Weeknd
  2. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
  3. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
  4. Hotline Bling - Drake
  5. Watch Me - Silento
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock Albums - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Folk Albums - 1989 - Ryan Adams
    • Jazz Albums - The Complete Concert By the Sea: Recorded Live in Carmel, CA September 19, 1955 - Erroll Garner
    • Catalog Albums - Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
    • Latin Albums - Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario - Juan Gabriel
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Country Airplay - Save It For the Rain - Kenny Chesney
    • Adult R&B Songs - No Sleeep - Janet Jackson Featuring J. Cole
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Swagster - Jeff Golub Featuring Philippe Saisse & Kirk Whalum
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Hot Latin Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
    • Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
    • Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias