Eight Veteran Artists Debut on Billboard Albums Chart; Gregg Allman in at 11, Neil Young at 20

by VVN Music

Finally, after almost a month of sparse debuts by veteran artists on the Billboard 200, we have eight new (or semi-new) albums including four in the top forty.

The top debut AND top album of the week by a veteran artist goes to the late-Gregg Allman whose Southern Blood opens at 11. It's his fourth solo album to make the top 40 after Laid Back (1973 / #13), I'm No Angel (1987 / #30) and Low Country Blues (2011 / #5).

Neil Young has been releasing albums at a record pace and it has hurt his chart performance. His last three albums, Storytone (2014 / #33), The Monsanto Years (2015 / #21) and Peace Trail (2016 / #76) ended a streak of eight straight top twenty albums dating back to 2005. With Hitchhiker, which premiers at 20 this week, Young is back on familiar chart ground which is especially good after Peace Trail ended up being his lowest charting studio album since his 1969 debut failed to make the Billboard 200.

On the other hand, Toby Keith's decade-and-a-half run of top twenty albums (12 of 13 of which made the top ten) has come to an end as The Bus Songs starts at 38.  His last album, 35 MPH Town, peaked at 14.

Tori Amos had a middling start with her new set, Native Invader, which debuts at 39. Of her last five albums, two did better (Night of Hunters (2011 / #24) and Unrepentant Geraldines (2014 / #7)) and two did worse (Midwinter Graces (2009 / #66) and Gold Dust (2012 / #63).  For a period, from 1994 to 2009, Amos had nine straight top twenty albums, seven of which were top ten.

Don Williams' 1987 album 20 Greatest Hits hit the Billboard 200 for the first time after his death on September 8. Starting at number 85, it's his third highest charting album ever after I Believe In You (1980 / #57) and Yellow Moon (1983 / #44).

At 90 is Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy with Will to Power. All eleven of the band's albums have made the U.S. charts with their last release, War Eternal (2014 / #44) being the biggest.

Lynch Mob hasn't charted an album in the U.S. since 1992, a total of five studio albums that didn't make it after their first two made the top sixty.  That long streak comes to an end this week with The Brotherhood, which premiers at 104.

Finally, Jonny Lang debuts at 153 with Signs, a bit of a disappointment for the blues guitarist. His last album, Fight For My Soul (2013), peaked at 50 and from 1997 to 2006, he had four straight top fifty albums.

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. Southern Blood - Gregg Allman (11)
  2. Hitchhiker - Neil Young (20)
  3. The Bus Songs - Toby Keith (38)
  4. Native Invader - Tori Amos (39)
  5. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (46)
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (48)
  7. 4:44 - Jay-Z (50)
  8. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (61)
  9. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (76)
  10. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (79)
  11. 20 Greatest Hits - Don Williams (85)
  12. Will to Power - Arch Enemy (90)
  13. Ripcord - Keith Urban (97)
  14. The Brotherhood - Lynch Mob (104)
  15. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica (109)
  16. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (113)
  17. Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G. (117)
  18. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (120)
  19. Their Greatest Hits: Volumes 1 & 2 - Eagles (126)
  20. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (130)

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