Garth Brooks, Metallica & Rolling Stones in U.S. Top Ten

by VVN Music

It would be interesting to see how Garth Brooks' 10-CD Target exclusive, The Ultimate Collection, would have done had it been allowed on the charts the first four weeks it was out.

Because Target was selling the box at $29.99, it fell below the $3.49 per CD threshold to be considered for the charts. That threshold goes away after four weeks and Brooks' album finally debuted last week. This week it moves up to number 6 to become the top charting album in the U.S. by a veteran artist. It is also the number 1 Country Album.

The Collection is just one of five Brooks albums in the top 65 this week with his older compilation, The Ultimate Hits, at 14, Christmas Together with wife Trisha Yearwood at 28, the Christmas Together/Gunslinger bundle at 60 and Gunslinger alone at 65. The new album is not only charting alone but is part of the bundle and is included in The Ultimate Collection.

Metallica and the Rolling Stones also did well this week with Hardwired...to Self Destruct moving 11 to 8 and Blue & Lonesome going 10 to 9.

The highest debuting album for the week by a veteran artist goes to Nine Inch Nails who are at 31 with the EP Not the Actual Events. This is NIN's first release of new material since 2013's Hesitation Marks went to number 3.

Also new is the Tony Bennett and friends album Tony Bennett Celebrates 90. Debuting at 35, the album includes live performances by Bennett along with a number of other artists during a tribute concert last fall.

On the singles chart, Daft Punk have hit the number 1 spot for the first time in their career guesting on The Weeknd's Starboy. The group had previously gone to number 2 in 2013 with their single Get Lucky.

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. The Ultimate Collection Garth Brooks (6)
  2. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (8)
  3. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones (9)
  4. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (14)
  5. Ripcord - Keith Urban (26)
  6. Christmas Together Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood (28)
  7. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (30)
  8. Not the Actual Events (EP) - Nine Inch Nails (31)
  9. Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Tony Bennett (35)
  10. A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack - Vince Guaraldi Trio (39)
  11. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (48)
  12. Acoustic Christmas - Neil Diamond (49)
  13. Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin (52)
  14. NOW That's What I Call a Merry Christmas - Various Artists (54)
  15. Christmas Together / Gunslinger - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood (60)
  16. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (62)
  17. Cosmic HallelujahKenny Chesney (63)
  18. Gunslinger - Garth Brooks (65)
  19. 4Ever - Prince (67)
  20. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (72)
  21. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (82)
  22. The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole (83)
  23. Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 - George Strait (84)
  24. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (85)
  25. Christmas Songs by Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (90)
  26. Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant (91)
  27. The Classic Christmas Album - Elvis Presley (94)
  28. These Are Special Times - Celine Dion (96)
  29. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (97)
  30. 'Tis the Season - Jimmy Buffett (99)
  31. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (100)
  32. Greatest Hits - Journey (110)
  33. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (118)
  34. Abbey Road - Beatles (119)
  35. 2112 - Rush (121)
  36. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 (122)
  37. Metallica - Metallica (123)
  38. 1 - Beatles (124)
  39. Wonderland - Sarah McLachlan (129)
  40. Once Upon a Christmas - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (133)
    The top ten albums overall:
    1. A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix
    2. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
    3. Starboy - The Weeknd
    4. 4 Your Eyez Only - J.Cole
    5. That's Christmas to Me - Pentatonix
    6. The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
    7. Hamilton - Original Cast
    8. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica
    9. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
    10. Moana - Soundtrack
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
      2. Abbey Road - Beatles
      3. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
      4. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
      5. Thriller - Michael Jackson
      6. Joanne - Lady Gaga
      7. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
      8. 25 - Adele
      9. Vessel - twenty one pilots
      10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
      The top ten singles:
      1. Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
      2. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd Featuing Gucci Mane
      3. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
      4. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
      5. Juju On the Beat (TZ Anthem) - Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall
      6. Side to Side - Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj
      7. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber
      8. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 Featuring Kendrick Lamar
      9. Bad Things - Machine Gun Kelly x Carmila Cabello
      10. Fake Love - Drake
      Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
      • Albums
        • Independent Albums - The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
        • Tastemaker Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Country Albums - The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
        • Rock Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Hard Rock Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Blues Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Jazz Albums - Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Tony Bennett
        • Tracks/Singles
          • Digital Song Sales - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • Country Songs - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • Country Digital Song Sales - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • Country Streaming Songs - Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
          • R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • R&B Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • R&B Streaming Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • Adult R&B Songs - Thick of It - Mary J. Blige
          • Smooth Jazz Songs - Livecycle - Nathan East
          • Christian Songs - Feel Invincible Skillet
          • Christian Digital Song Sales - Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
          • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet
          • Gospel Songs - Hold My Mule - Shirley Caesar Featuring Albertina Walker & Milton Brunosn
          • Gospel Digital Songs - Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston
          • Gospel Streaming Songs- Hold My Mule - Shirley Caesar Featuring Albertina Walker & Milton Brunosn
          • Latin Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Airplay - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Digital Songs - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
          • Latin Streaming Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Pop Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma


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