Van Morrison, John Prine, Bob Weir All Set For Highest Charting Albums Of Their Career

by VVN Music

There's something big happening on the American Albums chart. Artists who have been recording for 40 years or more are suddenly having the biggest hits of their career.

Projections from Hits Daily Double show Van Morrison, John Prine and Bob Weir are all heading for career bests. For Morrison, that is quite an achievement as he has released 35 studio and live albums, 31 of which have charted.

Only two of those albums, 2008's Keep it Simple and 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B, reached the top ten and both peaked at 10. If projections for this week hold, Morrison's latest, Keep Me Singing, will exceed that spot, currently projected for number 8 with sales of 25,400 (#4 on the pure sales list) and 25,900 for sales plus streaming.

Weir has never charted with a solo set, so it is truly impressive that his latest, Blue Mountain, looks like it could debut in the mid-teens. On pure sales, he is at number 5 with 19,300 but, when streaming is added in, he only picks up about 300 extra which drops him to number 15 but there are a number of albums in that same area so his final position could be up or down a few positions.

Then there is Prine who has a large fan base but remains an unknown entity to far too many people 45 years after releasing his debut album.  That debut album included songs that have gone on to be recorded by a long list of artists including Angel From Montgomery, Hello in There, and Paradise.

Previously, Prine's best showing on the Billboard 200 was 2005's Fair and Square which went to 55 but he has the outside chance of having a top twenty album next week with his duets album For Better, Or Worse. First week sales for the album are estimated at 16,800 which put him at number 6 for the week; however, when streaming is added, he only moves up to 17,200 which projects him at number 20.  Like Weir, there are a number of artists with sales plus streaming in the same general area, so he could finish a few spots higher or lower.

Amazingly, though, none of those three albums looks to be the biggest of the week for a veteran artist. The Red Hot Chili Pepper's latest, The Getaway, had an estimated sales increase of 719% from the previous week with sales of 42,800 and sales plus streaming of 44,500 which should put them at number 4.

Other veteran artists making the projected top 50 in sales plus streaming include Blink-182, whose California has a smaller but still impressive jump of 154% in units "sold" at 24, the Drive-By Truckers debuting at 29 with American Band, Opeth at 35 with Sorceress and Eric Clapton at 45 with Live in San Diego on sales plus streaming of just 10,700.

Final charts will be out on Tuesday.

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