Def Leppard Debuts at Number 10; Elvis Presley and Steve Martin/Edie Brickell Debut Disappointments

Def Leppard debuts at number 10 on this week's U.S. Albums chart with their self titled eleventh studio album. That is one spot short of the debut of their last album, 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge. 

Elvis Presley has only been able to get a number 21 start for his If I Can Dream album, orchestra reworkings of his music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in the U.S. despite hitting number 1 in both the U.K. and Australia. Making this an even more disappointing start in America is the fact that, just a few months ago, the compilation Elvis Forever, with the umpteenth repackaging of original hits, debuted at number 11.

At the other end of the scale, Lalah Hathaway debuts at 33 with Live, the second highest charting album of her 25 year recording career. It comes in just one spot short of Where It All Begins, her 2011 album that started at 32.

The Grateful Dead ride the wave of their "farewell" concerts and the current Dead & Company tour with Dick's Picks, Volume 16 premiering at number 34 while the hits collection 80's Fundimentals from Rhino Records opens at 60.

Bryan Adams starts at number 99 with Get Up! in what would seem to be a very low first week but is, in fact, right in the same area as his last half dozen sets. Adams had great success from 1983 to 1991 with four studio albums but, starting with 18 til I Die (1996 / #31), his chart position has been deteriorating. His last two albums both debuted in the 80's in the U.S.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickel open at 126 with their second album, So Familiar. That is over one hundred spots lower than their first set together, Love Has Come For You, which started at number 21 in 2013. This is also Martin's lowest charting of his four bluegrass based albums.

Halloween also had a bit of an influence on this week's chart as Michael Jackson's Thriller album moved 80 to 45 and a new compilation by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, The Original Monster Mash, debuts at 161.

Finally, Trey Anastasio's latest solo effort, Paper Wheels, premiers at 181 and the Swedish veteran metal band, Carnage, starts at 184 with Papi Gordo.

The top five albums of the week in the U.S.:
  1. Traveler - Chris Stapleton
  2. Storyteller - Carrie Underwood
  3. Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
  4. Now 56 - Various Artists
  5. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
The top five singles:
  1. Hello - Adele
  2. Hotline Bling - Drake
  3. The Hills - The Weeknd
  4. Sorry - Justin Bieber
  5. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock Albums - Def Leppard - Def Leppard
    • Hard Rock Albums - Def Leppard - Def Leppard
    • Folk Albums - 1989 - Ryan Adams
    • Bluegrass Albums - So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
    • Dance/Electronic Album - Papi Gordo - Carnage
    • New Age Albums - Live - Mannheim Steamroller
    • Classical Albums - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic
    • Independent Albums - Def Leppard - Def Leppard
    • Tastemaker Albums - 1989 - Ryan Adams
    • Heatseaker Albums - Papi Gordo - Carnage
    • Latin Pop Albums - Cinema: Edicion En Espanol - Andrea Bocelli
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Dance Club Songs - You Have to Believe - Dave Aude Featuring Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Vinyl - Boney James
    • Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    • Hot Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
    • Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

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