Prince's "Purple Rain" Returns to the Charts at Number 4; 311 Open at 6

by VVN Music

Prince and the Revolution are back in the top five with the new deluxe versions of the soundtrack to the film Purple Rain.

This is the third major chart run for the album. The first was during its initial release in 1984 and it once again ran high in the top ten last year when Prince passed away.

Purple Rain is one of two albums that have had major resurgences on the chart with new deluxe versions. The other is the Radiohead classic OK Computer which is now known as OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017.  Debuting at 36, it is just a little short of where the album peaked upon its original release in 1997 where it went to 21.

The highest debuting album by a veteran artist this week goes to 311 and MOSAIC which starts at 6. Their twelfth studio album, it is the ninth in a row to peak in the top ten including their last album, 2014's Stereolithic, which also debuted at 6.  Their highest charting album was 2009's Uplifter which went to 3.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy premiers at 49 with Together at Last, his first purely solo album.  He has previously released four albums with Uncle Tupelo, fourteen with Wilco and one with his son Spencer as Tweedy.

Joe Bonamassa is back with his seventeenth charting album since 2000 and the eighth charting live album with Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening. His previous highest charting live album was Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks which went to 35 in 2015, one of two live albums he released that year.

At 141 is the debut of the soundtrack to the movie Baby Driver whose name was taken from the Simon & Garfunkel song and includes tracks from artists like the Beach Boys, Carla Thomas, the Commodores, the Damned, Sam & Dave, Focus and many more.

Finally, New Waves, the album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony members Krayzie Bone and Bizzy Bone who are now known as Bone Thugs, opens at 181. They had been to the top two four times between 1995 and 2007 with the original group.

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. Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution (4)
  2. MOSAIC - 311 (6)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (32)
  4. OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 - Radiohead (36)
  5. Feed the Machine - Nickelback (40)
  6. Ripcord - Keith Urban (43)
  7. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (45)
  8. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (47)
  9. Together at Last - Jeff Tweedy (49)
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (58)
  11. The Eminem Show - Eminem (62)
  12. Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening Joe Bonamassa (64)
  13. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (74)
  14. Boomiverse - Big Boi (79)
  15. The Joshua Tree - U2 (81)
  16. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (93)
  17. El Dorado - Shakira (95)
  18. Greatest Hits - Journey (97)
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (98)
  20. Greatest Hits - Queen (99)
  21. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (111)
  22. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (116)
  23. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (119)
  24. Metallica - Metallica (121)
  25. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (123)
  26. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (126)
  27. Humanz - Gorillaz (130)
  28. Icon: Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (131)
  29. All Eyez on Me - 2Pac (138)
  30. The Mission - Styx (140)
  31. Baby Driver: Music From the Motion Picture - Various Artists (141)
  32. This is Acting - Sia (145)
  33. 1 - Beatles (146)
  34. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (149)
  35. Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (153)
  36. Thriller - Michael Jackson (156)
  37. Recovery - Eminem (159)
  38. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (162)
  39. Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (168)
  40. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (171)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Grateful - DJ Khaled
  2. Evolve - Imagine Dragons
  3. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  4. Purple Rain (Soundtrack) - Prince & the Revolution
  5. Pretty Girls Like Trap Music - 2 Chainz
  6. MOSAIC - 311
  7. ÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran
  8. More Life - Drake
  9. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  10. Moana - Soundtrack
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
      2. Murder of the Universe - King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard
      3. MOSAIC - 311
      4. Together at Last - Jeff Tweedy
      5. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
      6. Crack-Up - Fleet Foxes
      7. Icon: Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
      8. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
      9. That Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
      10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
        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. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
        4. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
        5. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
        6. Believer - Imagine Dragons
        7. Humble. - Kendrick Lamar
        8. Congratulations - Post Malone Featuring Quavo
        9. Mask Off - Future
        10. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
        Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
        • Albums
          • Catalog Albums - Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
          • Tastemaker Albums - Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
          • Hard Rock Albums - Feed the Machine - Nickelback
          • Bluegrass Albums - Windy City - Alison Krauss
          • Blues Albums - Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening - Joe Bonamassa
          • Jazz Albums - Turn Up the Quiet - Diana Krall
          • New Age Albums - Enamor - Armik
          • Latin Albums - El Dorado - Shakira
          • Latin Pop 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
            • Country Airplay - God, Your Mama, And Me - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Backstreet Boys
            • Smooth Jazz Songs - It Keeps Me Coming Back - Norman Brown
            • 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 - Me Enamore Shakira
            • Tropical Songs - Deja Vu - Prince Royce & Shakira
            • Christian Songs - Even If - MercyMe
            • Christian Airplay - Even If - MercyMe
            • 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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