George Michael Returns Three Albums to Billboard 200 Including Two in Top Twenty

by VVN Music

The untimely death of George Michael has, as happens far too often, generated great interest in his catalog of music.

Three of Michael's albums, including two compilations, reenter the Billboard 200 this week including TwentyFive which returns at number 12 and is the highest charting album by a veteran artist for the week.

Also back are Faith at 18 and Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael at 84.

Two other veteran artists remain in the top twenty for the week with Metallica's Hardwired...to Self Destruct at 13 and the Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome at 15.

As Vintage Vinyl News only covers veteran artists that have been recording for twenty years or more, there is the inevitable addition of new acts at the beginning of each year. As of January 1, that includes artists that began recording in 1997.

Three of those artists have albums on the charts that we will how track each week. Michael Buble has two albums, Christmas (#20) and Nobody But Me (#66) while Beyonce's Lemonade is at 38 and Sia's This is Acting (#45).

There are no new albums by veteran artists for the second week in a row.

On the singles chart, George Michael is back with two tracks, Careless Whisper (#33) and Faith (#47).

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. TwentyFive - George Michael (12)
  2. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (13)
  3. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones (15)
  4. Faith - George Michael (18)
  5. Christmas - Michael Buble (20) ***
  6. The Ultimate Collection Garth Brooks (22)
  7. Not the Actual Events (EP) - Nine Inch Nails (26)
  8. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (32)
  9. Lemonade - Beyonce (38) ***
  10. Ripcord - Keith Urban (41)
  11. This is Acting - Sia (45) ***
  12. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (53)
  13. Christmas Together Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood (58)
  14. A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack - Vince Guaraldi Trio (60)
  15. Nobody But Me - Michael Buble (66) ***
  16. 4Ever - Prince (70)
  17. Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Tony Bennett (75)
  18. Cosmic HallelujahKenny Chesney (77)
  19. Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975 - Eagles (79)
  20. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael - George Michael (84)
  21. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (89)
  22. The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole (90)
  23. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (91)
  24. Greatest Hits - Journey (94)
  25. 1 - Beatles (95)
  26. The Eminem Show - Eminem (97)
  27. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (103)
  28. Gunslinger - Garth Brooks (111)
  29. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (112)
  30. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (113)
  31. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (115)
  32. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (117)
  33. The Classic Christmas Album - Elvis Presley (119)
  34. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (120)
  35. Metallica - Metallica (121)
  36. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (124)
  37. Christmas Songs by Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (127)
  38. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (132)
  39. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (135)
  40. NOW That's What I Call a Merry Christmas - Various Artists (138)
*** New artist to the veteran ranks as of January 1, 2017
    The top ten albums overall:
    1. A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix
    2. Starboy - The Weeknd
    3. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
    4. 4 Your Eyez Only - J.Cole
    5. Hamilton - Original Cast
    6. Moana - Soundtrack
    7. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
    8. Views - Drake
    9. That's Christmas to Me - Pentatonix
    10. Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service A Tribe Called Quest
      2. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
      3. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
      4. Abbey Road - Beatles
      5. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
      6. Purple Rain - Prince
      7. Vessel - twenty one pilots
      8. Thriller - Michael Jackson
      9. 25 - Adele
      10. Born to Die - Lana Del Rey
      The top ten singles:
      1. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd Featuing Gucci Mane
      2. Bad and Boujee - Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert
      3. Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
      4. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
      5. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
      6. Juju On the Beat (TZ Anthem) - Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall
      7. Side to Side - Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj
      8. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber
      9. Fake Love - Drake
      10. Broccoli - D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
      Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
      • Albums
        • Digital Albums - Not the Actual Events (EP) - Nine Inch Nails
        • Independent Albums - The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
        • Tastemaker Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Rock Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Hard Rock Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Blues Albums - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
        • Reggae Albuns - The Legend Live: Santa Barbara - Country Bowl, November 25th, 1979 - Bob Marley & the Wailers
        • Country Albums - The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
        • Bluegrass Albums - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... - Dwight Yoakam
        • Jazz Albums - Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Tony Bennett
        • Latin Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
        • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
        • Tracks/Singles
          • Rock Airplay - Still Breathing - Green Day
          • Country Songs - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • Country Airplay - 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 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
          • Latin Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Airplay - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Digital Song Sales - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Streaming Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Pop Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Tropical Songs - La Sandunguita - Diego Amador Featuring Oscar D'Leon
          • 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


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