America's Shame, Light Sales For Glen Campbell and Chuck Berry's New Albums

by VVN Music

Last week, Britain paid their respects to three major veteran artists who had new albums on the market, placing Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Glen Campbell and Chuck Berry all in the top ten.

Americans couldn't have cared less.  While Buckingham & McVie were able to squeak into the top twenty, both Campbell and Berry were at 40 or below.

We've talked with many artists on the VVN Music Podcast about the phenomenon of older artists being much more revered in the U.K. and Europe than in the U.S. but nobody has given a good reason.  Are they more sophisticated on the other side of the pond?  Have greater respect for the forefathers (and mothers) of music?  Are less influenced by the latest and greatest?

Who knows.  All that is clear is that the American record buyer rarely supports older artists the way that Europeans do.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band deluxe edition continue to place the highest among all veteran artists on the Billboard 200, although it fell from 3 to 11 last week.

Buckingham & McVie's self-titled album debuts at 17. While the position doesn't rival Fleetwood Mac chart performances, it is the highest charting non-Fleetwood album for both artists. Buckingham's previous high was 1981's Law and Order, which peaked at 32 while McVie's 1984 self-titled album went to 26.

Rancid's newest, Trouble Maker, continues their slow slide away from the top twenty. The band's 2009 album Let the Dominos Fall hit 11 while 2014's ...Honor is All We Know peaked at 20.

Gov't Mule's new album, Revolution Come...Revolution Go opens at 35, putting it among the best charting of the band's career. In 2009, they hit 34 with By a Thread and 2013's Shout! went to 32.

...and then we come to Glen Campbell.  One of the biggest of country artists, who managed to bring the genre to pop audiences throughout the late-60 and all of the 70's, just can't seem to get any respect from American artists. Debuting at number 3 in Britain, it premiers at 40 in the U.S.  None of Campbell's final three album did overly well with Ghost in the Canvas (2011) going to 24 and See You There (2013) making just 89. Campbell's last top twenty album was 1975's Rhinestone Cowboy.

Chuck Berry was never known as a album artist. His final album, Chuck, is only his fifth studio or live album to make the Billboard 200 (five collections have also made it) and, at 49, is only his second to make the top 100 after The London Chuck Berry Sessions (1972 / #8).

Still, it's his last album with publicity fueled by his death earlier this year and his first ever videos. Plus, the album is really GOOD for someone in their late-80's.  It doesn't make any difference. Only slightly over 8,000 copies of the album were sold last week.

Finally, at 192, is the premier of Binary by Ani DiFranco, her 21st studio album, including two with Utah Phillips.

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. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (11)
  2. Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (17)
  3. Trouble Maker - Rancid (23)
  4. Ripcord - Keith Urban (30)
  5. Revolution Come...Revolution Go - Gov't Mule (35)
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (37)
  7. Adios - Glen Campbell (40)
  8. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (46)
  9. Chuck - Chuck Berry (49)
  10. The Joshua Tree - U2 (58)
  11. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (63)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (66)
  13. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (57)
  14. Is This the Life We Really Want? - Roger Waters (68)
  15. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (70)
  16. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (73)
  17. El Dorado - Shakira (80)
  18. Greatest Hits - Journey (89)
  19. Humanz - Gorillaz (98)
  20. Greatest Hits - Queen (105)
  21. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (108)
  22. Metallica - Metallica (114)
  23. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (117)
  24. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (124)
  25. This is Acting - Sia (130)
  26. 1 - Beatles (131)
  27. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (136)
  28. Abbey Road - Beatles (138)
  29. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (139)
  30. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (146)
  31. Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (156)
  32. Death Certificate - Ice Cube (158)
  33. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (161)
  34. Beyonce - Beyonce (168)
  35. The Eminem Show - Eminem (169)
  36. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (173)
  37. Strength of a Woman - Mary J. Blige (176)
  38. Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits - Bee Gees (179)
  39. Their Greatest Hits: 1971 - 1975 - Eagles (182)
  40. Recovery - Eminem (186)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Witness - Katy Perry
  2. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  3. Ctrl - SZA
  4. Heart Attack - Lady Antebellum
  5. More Life - Drake
  6. ÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran
  7. hopelessly fountain kingdom - Halsey
  8. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  9. Wolves - Rise Against
  10. Stoney - Post Malone
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. Trouble Maker - Rancid
      2. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
      3. Wolves - Rise Against
      4. hopeless fountain kingdom - Halsey
      5. Ti Amo - Phoenix
      6. Chuck - Chuck Berry
      7. Planetarium - Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister
      8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
      9. Capacity - Big Thief
      10. Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95 - Dave Matthews Band
        The top ten singles:
        1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
        2. I'm the One - DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
        3. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
        4. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
        5. Humble. - Kendrick Lamar
        6. Mask Off - Future
        7. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
        8. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara
        9. Congratulations - Post Malone Featuring Quavo
        10. XO TOUR Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
        Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
        • Albums
          • Catalog Albums - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
          • Tastemaker Albums - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
          • Blues Albums - Chuck - Chuck Berry
          • Jazz Albums - Turn Up the Quiet - Diana Krall
          • Latin Albums - El Dorado - Shakira
          • Tracks/Singles
            • Digital Song Sales - Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
            • Streaming Songs - Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
            • Songs of the Summer - Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
            • On-Demand Streaming Songs - Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
            • Smooth Jazz Songs - Like This, Like That - Chris Standring
            • 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 Song Sales - Even If - MercyMe
            • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet
            • Gospel Songs - I'm Blessed - Charlie Wilson
            • Gospel Digital Song Sales - I'm Blessed - Charlie Wilson

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