Kenny Chesney Top Selling Veteran Artist For Third Week

by VVN Music

There's no stopping Kenny Chesney. The country giant is now spending his third week as the top selling veteran artist in the U.S. with his album Live in No Shoes Nation.  The live set moves just 6 to 9 in its third week. It also moves back to number 1 on the Country Albums.

The biggest debut for a veteran is the new Elton John sets, Diamonds.  Issued in both a two and three-disc set, this is the eighth time a compilation album from Elton has made the American charts. The last, 2007's Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits went to number 9 while 2002's Greatest Hits 1970-2002 peaked at 12.

Another Grateful Dead archived live set hits the charts with Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC, July 12 & 13, 1989.  The set debuts at 64.

Tracy Lawrence debuts at 87 with his new album Good Ole Days. That is his 16th album to make the Billboard 200 with 2004's Strong being the best performing, going to number 17.

The post-hardcore band Quicksand return to the charts with their first studio album in 22 years, Interiors. Debuting at 142, it falls just short of their last album, 1995's Manic Compression, which peaked at 135.

Even though they have been around since 1993, Quicksand also tops the Heatseekers Albums chart.

Two expanded albums also debut this week. Metallica's Master of Puppets comes in at 46 in its Deluxe Edition and the Super Deluxe Edition starts at 165. The Super Deluxe Edition also tops the Vinyl Albums chart while Master of Puppets is number 1 on Tastemakers.

The expanded edition of R.E.M.'s Automatic For the People also reenters at 118.

Another reconfiguration of the NOW Christmas album, this one called NOW That's What I Call Merry Christmas (2017), opens at 170 while Frank Sinatra's Ultimate Christmas starts at 184.

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. Live in No Shoes Nation - Kenny Chesney (9)
  2. Diamonds - Elton John (23)
  3. Sweet Southern Sugar - Kid Rock (43)
  4. Christmas - Michael Buble (44)
  5. Master of Puppets - Metallica (46)
  6. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (54)
  7. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (56)
  8. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC, July 12 & 13, 1989 - Grateful Dead (64)
  9. Precious Memories Collection - Alan Jackson (73)
  10. Ripcord - Keith Urban (75)
  11. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (77)
  12. Good Ole Days - Tracy Lawrence (87)
  13. Mothership - Led Zeppelin (100)
  14. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (106)
  15. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (113)
  16. Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (118)
  17. 4:44 - Jay-Z (129)
  18. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (130)
  19. When Was the Last Time - Darius Rucker (133)
  20. These Are Special Times - Celine Dion (135)
On other charts, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn top the Bluegrass Albums with Echo in the Valley, Toby Keith keeps his comedy run going with The Bus Songs and Seal debuts at number 1 on the Jazz Albums with Standards.

In singles, Keith Urban is number 1 for a second week with his new single "Female", U2 stay at the top of the Triple A chart with "You're the Best Thing About Me" and Eminem with Beyonce leap to number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales with "Walk on Water".

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