Tim McGraw Debuts at 5, Lowest Since Debut Album; Beatles Return at 6

Tim McGraw has the highest charting new album by a veteran artist for the week in the U.S. with Damn Country Music.

Debuting at number 5, this is the lowest that a McGraw studio album has charted since his self-titled debut album in 1993 which did not chart. Since that time, he has released eleven other studio albums which have placed higher on the Billboard Top 200 Albums:
  • Tim McGraw (1993 / Did Not Chart)
  • Not a Moment Too Soon (1994 / #1 / #1 Country)
  • All I Want (1995 / #4 / #1 Country)
  • Everywhere (1997 / #2 / #1 Country)
  • A Place in the Sun (1999 / #1 / #1 Country)
  • Set This Circus Down (2001 / #2 / #1 Country)
  • Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors (2002 / #2 / #2 Country)
  • Live Like You Were Dying (2004 / #1 / #1 Country)
  • Let It Go (2007 / #1 / #1 Country)
  • Southern Voice (2009 / #2 / #1 Country)
  • Emotional Traffic (2012 / #2 / #1 Country)
  • Two Lanes of Freedom (2013 / #2 / #1 Country)
  • Sundown Heaven Town (2014 / #3 / #1 Country)
  • Damn Country Music (2015 / #5 / #3 Country)
The album is also only the third of his career to not top the Country Albums chart.

The Beatles' reworking of their album 1, in both the 1 and 1+ configurations, lands at number 6 for the week.

The second highest debut goes to Bob Dylan with The Bootleg Series, Volume 12: 1965-1966, The Best of the Cutting Edge. The two disc version of the album starts at number 33, slightly better than 2014's Volume 11 but still the fourth lowest charting of the ten release series after Volumes 1-3 (1991 / #49), Volume 5 (2002 / #56) and Volume 11 (2014 / #42).  

The six-CD Deluxe Edition of the album starts at 85.

Seal premiers at 45 with the album 7, his lowest charting studio album ever in the U.S.  The previous low was 2007's System which only made it to 35. His last album, Soul 2, debuted at number 8.

Billy Gibbon's first solo album, Perfectamundo, opens at number 48 which is very respectable compared to his usual output with ZZ Top. While their last album, 2012's La Futura, debuted at 6, their two previous albums didn't do as well as Billy's new one (XXX / 1999 / #100, Mescalero (2003 / #57). 

Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon starts at 57 with Masterpiece, the second highest charting album of his career. Dietrick's 2014 set Deitrick Haddon's LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshipers) hit 21. 

Angie Stone comes in at 59 with Dream, her first album to reach the top 100 in eight years. Her previous album, Rich Girl (2012) peaked at 109 while the previous set, Unexpected (2009) went to 133. 

Natalie Merchant's rerecording of her classic album Tigerlilly, with additional documentary, Paradise is There, starts at 96. The original album peaked at 13 in 1995. 

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:
  1. Traveller - Chris Stapleton
  2. Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
  3. Delirium - Ellie Goulding
  4. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  5. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw
The top five singles:
  1. Hello - Adele
  2. Hotline Bling - Drake
  3. Sorry - Justin Bieber
  4. The Hills - The Weeknd
  5. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock Albums - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: 1965-1966, The Best of the Cutting Edge - Bob Dylan
    • Hard Rock Albums - Def Leppard - Def Leppard
    • Folk Albums - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: 1965-1966, The Best of the Cutting Edge - Bob Dylan
    • Bluegrass Albums - So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
    • Blues Albums - Pefectamundo - Billy Gibbons & the BFG's
    • Gospel Albums - Masterpiece - Deitrick Haddon
    • New Age Albums - Live - Mannheim Steamroller
    • Classical Albums - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Catalog Albums - 1 - Beatles
    • Tastemaker Albums - 1 - Beatles
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Adult R&B Songs - No Sleeep - Janet Jackson Featuring J. Cole
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Because of You - Gerald Albright
    • Hot Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Airplay - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
    • Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
    • Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

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