Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Slayer Hits Best Chart Position of Their Career; Duran Duran Top Ten For First Time in 22 Years

Slayer leads all other veteran artists in a banner week for older musicians on the American charts.

The band's Repentless, debuts at number 4, the highest that they have ever been on the Billboard Top 200 albums. Their twelfth album in 32 years and their tenth to chart, it surpasses Christ Illusion which hit number 5 in 2006. Slayer only had one other top ten album, Divine Intervention (1994 / #8).

Duran Duran score their first top ten album in 22 years as Paper Gods premiers at number 10. Overall, this is their fifth U.S. top ten album after Duran Duran (1981 / #10), Rio (1982 / #6), Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983 / #8) and Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) (1993 / #7).

Jewel opens at number 28 with her first album in five years, Picking Up the Pieces but her story is quite different from Slayer and Duran Duran. This is the lowest charting album of her career by a long shot with it only being the second album of her career to not make the top ten and with the other one, 2010's Sweet and Wild, coming in at number 11. Her top albums:

  1. 0304 (2003 / #2)
  2. Spirit (1998 / #3)
  3. Pieces of You (1995 / #4)
  4. Goodbye Alice in Wonderland (2006 / #8)
  5. Perfectly Clear (2006 / #8)
  6. This Way (2001 / #9)
  7. Sweet and Wild (2010 / #11)
  8. Picking Up the Pieces (2015 / #28)
The motley collection of artists led by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp known as the Hollywood Vampires debut at 43 with their self-titled debut while Ben Folds' experimental album with yMusic and the Nashville Symphony, So There, opens at 44.

At 65 is the premier of the Scorpions Return to Forever, a big drop from their 2010 set Sting in the Tail which debuted at 23. Perhaps people realize this time around that the band really isn't retiring after all. 

If there was ever any doubt that Prince may have taken the wrong path with his Tidal exclusive on the album HITNRUN Phase 1, it has been erased by the number 70 start for the album in the top 200. Unless the album can pull off a rarity and go up in its second week, which is possible with the artist taking it wide, it will break his streak of six straight top ten albums and will be his worst chart position since the very experimental album The Rainbow Children only went to 109 in 2001. 

The compilation NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, with a very eclectic lineup of tracks from a wide variety of artists, starts at 127, relatively low for a NOW series album; however, this one definitely has the potential of climbing as the holiday gets closer. 

At 158 is Ones and Sixes, the latest album for Low. Their eleventh studio set, it is only the fourth to make the top 200 albums.

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:
  1. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  2. That's the Spirit - Bring Me the Horizon
  3. Illinois - Brett Eldredge
  4. Repentless - Slayer
  5. 1989 - Taylor Swift
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. Watch Me - Silento
  5. Good For You - Selena Gomez Featuring A$AP Rocky
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Folk Albums - Picking Up the Pieces - Jewel
    • Jazz Albums - Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
    • Classical Albums - So There - Ben Folds Featuring yMusic and the Nashville Symphony
    • Independent Albums - Repentless - Slayer
    • Catalog Albums - Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
    • Tastemaker Albums - Repentless - Slayer
    • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo - Juan Gabriel
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Country Airplay - Save It For a Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney
    • Adult R&B Songs - No Sleeep - Janet Jackson Featuring J. Cole
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Swagster - Jeff Golub Featuring Philippe Saisse & Kirk Whalum
    • Hot Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Fraklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Fraklin
    • 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