This week, we introduce our U.S. Top 40 Albums by Veteran Artists chart. It is based on the Billboard Top 200 and Catalog Albums charts and will be published every Tuesday.
On the inaugural chart, Christian artist Chris Tomlin is at number 1 in what would have been his second week with Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship (#1 / #19 Billboard).
Bruce Springsteen is at number 2 with The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. This is Bruce's third major upgrade of one of his albums over the last ten years and, with a start on the Billboard 200 at number 31, it is the lowest of the three but not by much. Born to Run: The 30th Anniversary Collection went to number 18 in 2005 while The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story hit 27 in 2010.
Enya stays at number 3 (#34 BB) with Dark Sky Island followed by Andrea Bocelli dropping from 2 to 4 (#35 BB) with Cinema.
Babyface debuts at 5 on the Veteran Artists chart and 39 on the Billboard 200 with Return of the Tender Lover. It's a slight improvement over his last solo album, 2007's Playlist, which only went to 48, but a major drop from his last two albums of originals, Grown & Sexy (2005 / #10) and Love, Marriage & Divorce (with Toni Braxton / 2014 / #4).
Finally, below the Veteran Top 40 and at 199 on the Billboard 200 is Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan.
VVN Music's top five albums of the week by veteran artists:
- Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin
- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection - Bruce Springsteen
- Dark Sky Island - Enya
- Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
- Return of the Tender Lover - Babyface
- 25 - Adele
- A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
- Purpose - Justin Bieber
- That's Christmas to Me - Pentatonix
- When It's Dark Out - G-Eazy
- Hello - Adele
- Sorry - Justin Bieber
- Hotline Bling - Drake
- What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
- Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
- Bluegrass Albums - So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
- Jazz Albums - Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
- New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
- Christian Albums - Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin
- Gospel Albums - Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin
- Classical Albums - Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
- Country Streaming Songs - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
- Smooth Jazz Songs - Get Up - Jeff Lorber Fusion
- Holiday 100 - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
- Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
- Holiday Airplay - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
- Holiday Streaming 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 - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
- Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam Featuring Enrique Iglesias