Jay-Z Has Biggest Selling Album by a Veteran Artists For the 4th Week; Grateful Dead Have Biggest Debut

by VVN Music

Jay-Z continues to rack up sales in the U.S. as his album 4:44 moves 7 to 5 in its fourth week of release. The album spent its first two weeks at number 1.

With two high profile classic rock/soul albums hitting the charts for the first time this week, it is another in the long line of archive Grateful Dead live shows that takes the top debut as Dave's Picks, Volume 23: McArthur Court, U. of Oregon, Eugene, OR - 1/22/78 opens at number 30.

Two spots lower is the great new album from Alice Cooper, Paranormal. After a number 6 start in the U.K., big things were expected in Cooper's home country but the number 32 opening fell ten spots short of his last studio album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011 / #22). Still, those two albums are Alice's highest charting since the late-80's.

Another disapointment is The Isley Brothers and Santana's Power of Peace which only managed a rather lethargic number 64 debut. This is Santana's lowest charting studio album since Milagro (1992 / #102). For the Isley Brothers, it's their lowest since 1992's Tracks of Life (#140).

At 79 is the soundtrack from the Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde with tracks from the likes of David Bowie, Nena, George Michael, A Flock of Seagulls and the Clash.

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 (5)
  2. One More Light - Linkin Park (22)
  3. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park (29)
  4. Dave's Picks, Volume 23: McArthur Court, U. of Oregon, Eugene, OR - 1/22/78 - Grateful Dead (30)
  5. Paranormal - Alice Cooper (32)
  6. Meteora - Linkin Park (46)
  7. Ripcord - Keith Urban (53)
  8. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (58)
  9. Power of Peace - The Isley Brothers & Santana (64)
  10. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (74)
  11. The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (75)
  12. The Eminem Show - Eminem (77)
  13. Atomic Blonde (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (79)
  14. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (80)
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (86)
  16. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (87)
  17. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (94)
  18. Greatest Hits - Journey (98)
  19. Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park (101)
  20. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (106)
On the Singles side, Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber are topping the chart for the thirteenth week with Despacito. That makes it only the 11th record to hit that mark.
  • 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)
  • 13 weeks
    • End of the Road - Boyz II Men (1992)
    • The Boy Is Mine - Brandy and Monica (1998)
    • Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017)

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