Gorillaz, Mary J. Blige, Willie Nelson Debut in U.S. Albums Top Ten; Mellencamp at 11

by VVN Music

Five veteran artists debut in the top forty of the Billboard 200 this week led by Humanz by Gorillaz which comes in at number 2. It's their fourth top three album on the chart for the "group" after Gorillaz (2001 / #3), Demon Days (2005 / #1) and Plastic Beach (2010 / #2).

The album also starts at the top of the Album Sales, Digital Album Sales, Tastemaker Albums, Vinyl Albums, Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.

One step lower at 3 is Strength of a Woman by Mary J. Blige give her thirteen straight top ten albums going back to her debut. It is also her highest charting since Stronger With Each Tear went to number 2 in 2009. It is also the number 1 R&B Album.

Willie Nelson debuts at 10 with God's Problem Child, bringing him back to the top ten for the first time in three years. It is his fourth album to reach those heights on the Billboard 200.

The album also is at number 1 on the Country Albums chart, his eleventh solo album to do so. He also has hit number 1 with a live album, a greatest hits set and four collaborations.

John Mellencamp scores his fifth straight top twenty album with Sad Clowns & Hillbillies in collaboration with Carlene Carter. His last album, Plain Spoken, peaked at 18 in 2014 while 2010's No Better Than This went to number 10. Since American Fool made him a star in 1982, 15 of his 18 albums have made the top twenty.

Fairing less well is New Found Glory who debut at 40 with Makes Me Sick. That is their lowest charting studio album in seventeen years and the third lowest charting of their nine releases.

Also new this week is another of the Grateful Dead's archive releases, Dave's Picks, Volume 22: Felt Forum, New York, NY, 12/7/71. The album starts at 34 and, if it follows the majority of other releases in this series, will be off the chart next week.

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. Humanz - Gorillaz (2)
  2. Strength of a Woman - Mary J. Blige (3)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (8)
  4. God's Problem Child - Willie Nelson (10)
  5. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies - John Mellencamp Featuring Carlene Carter (11)
  6. Ripcord - Keith Urban (31)
  7. Dave's Picks, Volume 22: Felt Forum, New York, NY, 12/7/71 - Grateful Dead (34)
  8. Makes Me Sick - New Found Glory (40)
  9. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (57)
  10. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (59)
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (61)
  12. Greatest Hits - Journey (66)
  13. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (72)
  14. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (81)
  15. The Eminem Show - Eminem (82)
  16. Demon Daze - Gorillaz (84)
  17. Metallica - Metallica (85)
  18. Nevermind - Nirvana (100)
  19. Greatest Hits - Queen (112)
  20. 4Ever - Prince (117)
  21. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (122)
  22. This is Acting - Sia (124)
  23. 8 - Incubus (127)
  24. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (128)
  25. The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates - Daryl Hall & John Oates (134)
  26. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (138)
  27. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (146)
  28. Gorillaz - Gorillaz (149)
  29. Be Myself - Sheryl Crow (150)
  30. Timeless: The All-Time Hits - Bee Gees (151)
  31. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (153)
  32. 1 - Beatles (155)
  33. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (161)
  34. Back in Black - AC/DC (168)
  35. Abbey Road - Beatles (169)
  36. Beyonce - Beyonce (173)
  37. Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (175)
  38. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (177)
  39. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (178)
  40. Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection - Bon Jovi (179)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  2. Humanz - Gorillaz
  3. Strength of a Woman - Mary J. Blige
  4. More Life - Drake
  5. ÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran
  6. Epic AF (Yellow/Pink) - Various Artists
  7. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
  9. Memories...Do Not Open - Chainsmokers
  10. God's Problem Child - Willie Nelson
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. Humanz - Gorillaz
      2. What Now - Sylvan Esso
      3. The Breaker - Little Big Town
      4. God's Problem Child - Willie Nelson
      5. Makes Me Sick - New Found Glory
      6. 4 Your Eyes Only - J. Cole
      7. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
      8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
      9. good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
      10. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
        The top ten singles:
        1. I'm the One - DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
        2. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
        3. Despacito - Louis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
        4. Humble. - Kendrick Lamar
        5. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
        6. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
        7. Mask Off - Future
        8. iSpy - KYLE Featuring Lil Yachty
        9. XO TOUR Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
        10. It Ain't Me - Kygo x Selena Gomez
        Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
        • Albums
          • Album Sales - Humanz - Gorillaz
          • Digital Albums - Humanz - Gorillaz
          • Independent Albums - Makes Me Sick - New Found Glory
          • Tastemaker Albums - Humanz - Gorillaz
          • Rock Albums - Humanz - Gorillaz
          • Alternative Albums - Humanz - Gorillaz
          • Country Albums - God's Problem Child - Willie Nelson
          • Americana/Folk Albums - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies - John Mellencamp Featuring Carlene Carter
          • R&B Albums - Strength of a Woman - Mary J. Blige
          • Blues Albums - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
          • Soundtrack Albums - Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
          • Christian Albums - Lifer - MercyMe
          • Tracks/Singles
            • Mainstream Rock Songs - Help - Papa Roach
            • Adult R&B Songs - U + Me (Love Lesson) - Mary J. Blige
            • Latin Songs - Despacito - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee
            • Latin Airplay - Despacito - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee
            • Latin Digital Song Sales - Despacito - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee
            • Latin Streaming Songs - Despacito - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee
            • Latin Pop Songs - Despacito - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee
            • Tropical Songs - Deja Vu - Prince Royce & Shakira
            • Christian Digital Songs - Even If - MercyMe
            • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet

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