Clapton Edges Out Dylan in Top Ten Albums; Dylan Equals Longest String of Top Tens in His Career

by VVN Music

Against projections, Eric Clapton eeked out a win over Bob Dylan, taking the highest charting album by a veteran artist for the week.

His new I Still Do debuted at 6, overall, on the Billboard 200 giving him the third straight top ten debut for a studio album. In 2010, Clapton opened at 6 while, in 2013, Old Sock started at 7.

I Still Do is also at the top of the Independent Albums, Tastemaker Albums, Rock Albums and Blues Albums charts.

One spot lower at 7 is Bob Dylan with his second standards album, Fallen Angels, which equals his 2015 set Shadows in the Night. It also extends his string of top ten studio albums to seven over the last nineteen years, equaling his career longest run that went from 1965's Bringing It All Back Home to 1970's New Morning.

At 10 is the second official release for Tom Petty's original band, Mudcrutch. Their 2008 self-titled debut started at number 8.

Ziggy Marley scores the biggest album of his solo career with his self titled set that opens at 99. His previous best was 2014's Fly Rasta which peaked at 129.  While with his band The Melody Makers, he had four higher charting albums including Conscious Party (1988 / #23) and One Bright Day (1989 / #26).

Two spots lower at 101 is the Barenaked Ladies BNL Rocks Red Rocks, their fourth live album and the second to chart. 1996's Rock Spectacle peaked at 86 which was the highest the band had charted up to that point in their career. Their next album, 1998's Stunt, shot to number 3.

At 174 is the first time on the chart for the pioneering death metal band Death with their 1987 debut album Scream Bloody Gore. They have never been on Billboard 200, but they did put three on the Heatseakers chart including Human (1991), Individual Thought Patterns (1993) and The Sound of Perseverance (1998) which was also their last album.

On the Hot 100, Justin Timberlake stays at number 3 with Can't Stop the Feeling.

The top forty albums this week by veteran artists (Billboard 200 position):
  1. I Still Do - Eric Clapton (6)
  2. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan (7)
  3. 2 - Mudcrutch (10)
  4. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (12)
  5. Ripcord - Keith Urban (18)
  6. Purple Rain - Prince (32)
  7. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (36)
  8. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (73)
  9. 1999 - Prince (77)
  10. Ultimate Prince - Prince (79)
  11. This is What the Truth Feels Like - Gwen Stefani (82)
  12. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (83)
  13. Greatest Hits - Journey (93)
  14. Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection - Queen (96)
  15. Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley (99)
  16. BNL Rocks Red Rocks - Barenaked Ladies (101)
  17. The Eminem Show - Eminem (105)
  18. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (110)
  19. 1 - Beatles (120)
  20. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (121)
  21. The Best of Simon & Garfunkel - Simon & Garfunkel (129)
  22. Metallica - Metallica (130)
  23. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (133)
  24. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (144)
  25. Thriller - Michael Jackson (150)
  26. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (151)
  27. Back in Black - AC/DC (154)
  28. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince (155)
  29. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (156)
  30. Santana IV - Santana (158)
  31. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (165)
  32. The Very Best of the Eagles - Eagles (166)
  33. Chronicle: Their 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (168)
  34. 20 Greatest Hits - Merle Haggard (169)
  35. Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975 - Eagles (171)
  36. Nevermind - Nirvana (172)
  37. Scream Bloody Gore - Death (174)
  38. The Hits - Billy Joel (175)
  39. The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) - Justin Timberlake (177)
  40. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson (179)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Views - Drake
  2. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
  3. If I'm Honest - Blake Shelton
  4. Lemonade - Beyonce
  5. Anti - Rihanna
  6. I Still Do - Eric Clapton
  7. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
  8. Thank You - Meghan Trainor
  9. 25 - Adele
  10. 2 - Mudcrutch
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
  2. V - Tiger Army
  3. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
  4. I Still Do - Eric Clapton
  5. Changesonebowie - David Bowie
  6. Along the Shadow - Saosin
  7. 2 - Mudcrutch
  8. Hoist - Phish
  9. Celebrate - Tiny Moving Parts
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Soundtrack
The top ten singles:
  1. One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  2. Panda - Desiigner
  3. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  4. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
  5. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
  6. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  7. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  8. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
  9. Needed Me - Rihanna
  10. Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Independent Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Catalog Albums - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Tastemaker Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Rock Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Americana/Folk Albums - Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
    • Blues Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Bluegrass Albums - Bright Star: A New Musical - Original Broadway Cast
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
    • Reggae Albums - Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Digital Songs - Can't Fight This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Rock Airplay - Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Latin Pop Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Airplay - Better - Hezekiah Walker


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