Jay-Z Does It Again, Fifth Week as Top Selling Veteran Artist; Despacito Now One of Nine Longest Running #1's

by VVN Music

Jay-Z continues his domination of the veteran artists chart as, for the fifth week, he has the biggest selling album by an artist who has been recording twenty years or more and the number 11 album overall on the Billboard 200.

The biggest debut of the week goes to Kenny Wayne Shephard who starts at 34 with Lay It On Down. It's his second highest charting studio album after 2014's Goin' Home which peaked at 25.

The death of Glen Campbell pushed his 20 Greatest Hits onto the charts for the first time at 43, even though it has been in release for seventeen years. His Adios also returns to the chart at 136.

Christian rockers Third Day premier at 89 with Revival, a huge disappointment for a band whose last eleven studio albums charted higher including four straight that hit the top ten between 2005 and 2012.

Another disappointment is Randy Newman's Dark Matter which opens at 106. His last album, 2008's Harps and Angels, went to number 30.

Also new this week is Accept and The Rise of Chaos at 140, a huge 105 spot drop from their last set, Blind Rage (2014 / #35)

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 (11)
  2. One More Light - Linkin Park (32)
  3. Lay It On Down - Kenny Wayne Shephard Band (34)
  4. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (41)
  5. 20 Greatest Hits - Glen Campbell (43)
  6. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park (46)
  7. Ripcord - Keith Urban (57)
  8. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (61)
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (62)
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (70)
  11. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (77)
  12. Hysteria - Def Leppard (79)
  13. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (81)
  14. Meteora - Linkin Park (86)
  15. Revival - Third Day (89)
  16. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (94)
  17. Greatest Hits - Journey (102)
  18. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (105)
  19. Dark Matter - Randy Newman (106)
  20. Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G. (107)
On the Singles chart, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Beiber's Despacito is at number 1 for a 14th week, making it one of only nine songs to have stayed at the top for that long.  Another week and it will be at number 2 all alone. 
  • 16 weeks
    • One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (1995–96)
  • 14 weeks
    • I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (1992–93)
    • I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (1994)
    • Macarena (Bayside Boys mix) - Los del Río (1996)
    • Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight - Elton John (1997–98)
    • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (2005)
    • I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas (2009)
    • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (2015)
    • Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017)

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