Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Thirty Nine Years After They Formed, The Descendents Finally Have a Hit Album

by VVN Music

The punk rock band The Descendents were formed in 1977 and released their first album in 1982, but it wasn't until 1996 that they charted for the first time on the Billboard 200 when Everything Sucks went to 132.

Their next album, Cool to Be You, didn't come out for eight years and only made it to 143.

That's why it is a huge surprise that their newest album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, is a hit, debuting this week at 20 on the Albums chart. While they haven't been together the whole time between Cool and Hypercaffium, they did reunite at times and the fan base has obviously been growing, so much so that, along with their Albums chart debut, they are at the top of the Vinyl Albums, Independent Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts. Quite an accomplishment for a band that's been around for 39 years.

The Descendents is, really, the only good news for veteran artists this week. Only three albums in the top 50 are from an artist that has been recording for twenty years or more, a low for the year.

The only other debut from a veteran artist for the week doesn't show up until number 118 with Anyway You Love We Know How You Feel by the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Robinson, the former singer for the Black Crowes, is now on his fourth album with his new band and it is the first to not debut in the top 100. Their best charting album was 2014's Phosphorescent Harvest which peaked at 61.

The top forty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position):

  1. Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Descendents (20)
  2. California - Blink-182 (25)
  3. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (42)
  4. Ripcord - Keith Urban (54)
  5. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (66)
  6. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (78)
  7. Dress to Impress - Keith Sweat (80)
  8. Greatest Hits - Journey (85)
  9. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (88)
  10. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (89)
  11. Metallica - Metallica (90)
  12. The Eminem Show - Eminem (97)
  13. Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection - Queen (98)
  14. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (104)
  15. Anyway You Love We Know How You Feel - Chris Robinson Brotherhood (118)
  16. 1 - Beatles (122)
  17. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (125)
  18. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (131)
  19. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (134)
  20. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (135)
  21. Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (138)
  22. Greatest Hits - Blink-182 (141)
  23. We're All Somebody From Somewhere - Steven Tyler (143)
  24. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (149)
  25. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (150)
  26. Records - Foreigner (154)
  27. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (156)
  28. Thriller - Michael Jackson (159)
  29. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. (160)
  30. Recovery - Eminem (170)
  31. The Best of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug - 2Pac (171)
  32. Best of Bowie - David Bowie (172)
  33. Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002 - Elton John (177)
  34. Nevermind - Nirvana (178)
  35. Bad - Michael Jackson (179)
  36. Back in Black - AC/DC (182)
  37. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles (183)
  38. The Very Best of the Eagles - Eagles (184)
  39. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (187)
  40. Sublime - Sublime (188)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Major Key - DJ Khaled
  2. Views - Drake
  3. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  4. American Love - Jake Owen
  5. Anti - Rihanna
  6. The Definition Of... - Fantasia
  7. Love Remains - Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
  8. 25 - Adele
  9. If I'm Honest - Blake Shelton
  10. Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Descendents 
  2. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine
  4. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  5. Bottomless Pit - Death Grips
  6. Simplicity - Bouncing Souls
  7. Anyway You Love We Know How You Feel - Chris Robinson Band
  8. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  9. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  10. Night on the Sun - Modest Mouse
The top ten singles:
  1. Cheap Thrills - Sia Featuring Sean Paul
  2. One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  3. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
  4. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  5. Cold Water - Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & M0
  6. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
  7. Ride - twenty one pilots
  8. Needed Me - Rihanna
  9. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  10. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Independent Albums - Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Descendents
    • Tastemaker Albums - Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Descendents
    • Bluegrass Albums - Rattle & Roar - The Earls of Leicester
    • Reggae Albums - Revolution Part II: Fruit of Life - Stephen Marley
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Latin Pop Albums - Apague La Luz y Escuche - Ricardo Arjana
    • Gospel Albums - "Better" Azusa: The Next Generation 2 - Hezekiah Walker
    • Blues Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Jazz Albums - Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya 
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Adult Contemporary Songs - Can't Fight This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Rock Airplay - Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Country Digital Songs - Setting the World on Fire - Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    • Adult R&B Songs - Lake by the Ocean - Maxwell
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - B.F.A.M. (Brothers From Another Mother) - Paul Jackson, Jr. 
    • Latin Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Airplay - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Pop Songs - La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
    • Tropical Songs - Shaky Shaky - Daddy Yankee
    • Christian Streaming Songs - Monster - Skillet
    • Gospel Airplay - Better - Hezekiah Walker
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Better - Hezekiah Walker

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