Usher Debuts at 5 With "Hard II Love", His Lowest Chart Position Since Debut

by VVN Music

Usher debuts at 5 this week with Hard II Love which sounds like a great performance but it is his lowest debut since Usher, his 1994 debut album.

Since then, the singer has had six straight albums to make the top 4 on the Billboard 200, My Way (1997 / #4), 8701 (2001 / #4), Confessions (2004 / #1), Here I Stand (2008 / #1), Raymond v Raymond (2010 / #1) and Looking 4 Myself (2012 / #1).

The album does debut at 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop albums, equaling the start of Looking 4 Myself. It is also number 1 on the R&B Albums.

Led Zeppelin debuts at 21 with The Complete BBC Sessions, the lowest of the five live albums they have released in the U.S.  The original BBC Sessions album, released in 1997, went to number 12.

Meat Loaf's final album (at least according to him), Braver Than We Are, starts at number 31, a huge improvement over his last release. The singer has had a checkered past on the Billboard 100, going as high as number 1 with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) and as low as 100 which is where his last album, 2011's Hell in a Handbasket, peaked.

For the Goodtimes: A Tribute to Ray Price premiers at 84, Willie Nelson's lowest charting album of the last decade.

Nelson is extremely prolific. Since 2007, he has released ten solo studio albums along with numerous collaborations. Of those ten solo sets, only 2011's Remember Me, Volume 1, didn't chart and, of the remaining nine, For the Good Times is the lowest charting. His 2014 set Band of Brothers did best, peaking at 5 while 2008's Moment of Forever was previously the lowest charting at 56.

On a brighter note, the late George Carlin returns to the charts with I Kind of Like It When a Lotta People Die. The album debuts at 176 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on their Comedy Albums chart.

The top forty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. Hard II Love - Usher (5)
  2. The Complete BBC Sessions - Led Zeppelin (21)
  3. Braver Than We Are - Meat Loaf (31)
  4. Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand (18)
  5. Ripcord - Keith Urban (38)
  6. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles (37)
  7. The Eminem Show - Eminem (77)
  8. Schmilco - Wilco (81)
  9. For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price - Willie Nelson (84)
  10. Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection - Queen (93)
  11. California - Blink-182 (94)
  12. Metallica - Metallica (96)
  13. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (98)
  14. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (100)
  15. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (103)
  16. Pure and Simple - Dolly Parton (106)
  17. 1 - Beatles (112)
  18. Greatest Hits - Journey (114)
  19. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (116)
  20. Unleashed - Skillet (117)
  21. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (119)
  22. Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario - Juan Gabriel (124)
  23. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Elton John (133)
  24. Yourself or Someone Like You - matchbox 20 (135)
  25. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (138)
  26. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (140)
  27. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (142)
  28. Recovery - Eminem (157)
  29. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (160)
  30. Nevermind - Nirvana (172)
  31. I Kind of Like It When a Lotta People Die - George Carlin (176)
  32. Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (180)
  33. Greatest Hits - Blink-182 (193)
  34. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (195)
  35. Thriller - Michael Jackson (196)
  36. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (199)
There were only 36 albums by veteran artists on this week's Billboard 200.

The top ten albums overall:
  1. Views - Drake
  2. Divine Feminine - Mac Miller
  3. Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack
  4. Sinner - Aaron Lewis
  5. Hard II Love - Usher
  6. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean
  7. Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight - Travis Scott
  8. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  9. The Very Next Thing - Casting Crowns
  10. Dig Your Roots - Florida Georgia Line
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. We're All Gonna Die - Dawes
  2. Acoustic Recordings: 1998-2016 - Jack White
  3. Stage Four Touche Amore
  4. Shape Shift With Me - Against Me!
  5. Sonderlust - Kishi Bashi
  6. Tidal Wave - Taking Back Sunday
  7. Popestar (EP) - Ghost
  8. Braver Than We Are - Meat Loaf
  9. Schmilco - Wilco
  10. My Woman - Angel Olsen
The top ten singles:
  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  2. Heathens - twenty one pilots
  3. Cold Water - Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & M0
  4. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber
  5. Cheap Thrills - Sia Featuring Sean Paul
  6. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
  7. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
  8. Broccoli - D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  9. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth Featuring Selena Gomez
  10. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Catalog Albums - Metallica - Metallica
    • Tastemaker Albums - The Complete BBC Sessions - Led Zeppelin
    • R&B Albums - Hard II Love - Usher
    • Comedy Albums - I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die - George Carlin
    • World Albums - Johannesburg (EP) - Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg
    • Latin Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
    • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Twitter Top Tracks - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • Mainstream Rock Songs - Hardwired - Metallica
    • Country Songs - Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now and Future
    • Country Digital Songs - Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now and Future
    • Country Streaming Songs - Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now and Future
    • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet
    • Gospel Airplay - Better - Hezekiah Walker
    • Latin Airplay - La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
    • Latin Pop Songs - De Pies a Cabeza - Mana & Nicky Jam


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