Jay-Z Continues to Have Top Selling Album by a Veteran Artist in the U.S.; Steven Wilson Highest Veteran Debut

by VVN Music

Jay-Z continues to lead all other veteran artists in sales plus streaming in the United States as 4:44 goes to 22 in its seventh week of release.

Only two albums from a veteran debuted this week. Steven Wilson, formerly of Porcupine Tree, debuts at 58 with To the Bone. That position falls short of his last two albums, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (2013 / #57) and Hand.Cannot.Erase (2015 / #39).

At 180 is The Very Best of Bonnie Tyler, a 2015 collection that gets pushed on the charts on the strength of the single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which gained renewed attention because of last weeks eclipse.

Within the top twenty albums by veteran artists, only Jay-Z, Wilson and Keith Urban have current releases (if you can call Urban's Ripcord as current although it is still charting well in its 68th week). The rest of the top twenty is made up of hits collections, classic older albums and two catalog sets from Linkin Park.

The top twenty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. 4:44 - Jay-Z (22)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (31)
  3. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (43)
  4. Ripcord - Keith Urban (51)
  5. To the Bone - Steven Wilson (58)
  6. One More Light - Linkin Park (66)
  7. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (70)
  8. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (82)
  9. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (86)
  10. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park (88)
  11. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (89)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (96)
  13. Greatest Hits - Journey (108)
  14. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (111)
  15. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (112)
  16. Metallica - Metallica (116)
  17. Greatest Hits - Shania Twain (119)
  18. All-Time Greatest Hits - Neil Diamond (123)
  19. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (128)
  20. Abbey Road - Beatles (133)
  21. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (137)

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