Kid Rock Debuts at 8, Two Spots Lower Than Second Week Kenny Chesney; Dylan Misses Top 40

by VVN Music

Predictions held and Kid Rock ended up debuting at number 8 with his new album Sweet Southern Sugar. 

The album ties with the 2003 set Kid Rock as the lowest charting since the singer made his major label debut in 1998 with Devil Without a Cause.

Outside of the Billboard 200, Sweet Southern is at number 1 on the Independent and Rock Albums charts.

Number 8 wasn't even good enough to give him the highest charting album by a veteran artist for the week. That honor goes to Kenny Chesney whose Live in No Shoes Nation dropped from 1 to 6, continuing the very strong performance of a live album.

Bob Dylan starts at 49 with Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 - 1979-1981. That ties the album for the second worst chart performance for the series of archival recordings:
  • Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006 (2008 / #6)
  • Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 (2010 / #12)
  • Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (2005 / #16)
  • Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) (2013 / #21)
  • Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004 / #28)
  • Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (1998 / #31)
  • Vol. 12: The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965-1966 (2015 / #33)
  • Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Raw (2014 / #41)
  • Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete (2014 / #42)
  • Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991 / #49)
  • Vol. 13: Trouble No More 1979–1981 (2017 / #49)
  • Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue (2002 / #56)
Trouble No More is also number 1 on the Tastemaker Albums chart. 

Converge sets a new career high on the Billboard 200 with a number 60 debut for The Dusk in Us. After their first four albums failed to chart, the group has now placed five straight with each successive album doing better than the last.  All We Love We Leave Behind from 2012 peaked at 70.

The Dusk in Us also tops the Vinyl Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, a first for the band.

At 151 is the album that debuted at 2 in England this week, A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  These albums of original recordings enhanced with new arrangements and orchestral background have just not caught on in the U.S. which probably won't bode well for the Aretha Franklin set released last Friday. Still, this is the highest Orbison has gone on the U.S. charts with a new released since the Starbucks exclusive Opus Collection went to 65 in 2011.

In addition, you can tell the holiday albums have hit the stores with the re-charting of sets by Michael Buble (65), Reba McEntire (99), Mariah Carey (166) and Celine Dion (193).  Expect more in coming weeks.

Toby Keith remains the King of Comedy with The Bus Songs number 1 on the Comedy Albums chat and Frank Sinatra returns hits the top on the Jazz Albums with Ultimate Christmas.

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 (6)
  2. Sweet Southern Sugar - Kid Rock (8)
  3. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (42)
  4. Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 - 1979-1981 - Bob Dylan (49)
  5. The Dusk in Us - Converge (60)
  6. Christmas - Michael Buble (65)
  7. When Was the Last Time - Darius Rucker (75)
  8. Ripcord - Keith Urban (77)
  9. Mothership - Led Zeppelin (80)
  10. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (99)
  11. Dave's Picks, Volume 24: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 8/25/72 - Grateful Dead (102)
  12. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (104)
  13. The Eminem Show - Eminem (110)
  14. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (118)
  15. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (120)
  16. Colors - Beck (125)
  17. 4:44 - Jay-Z (127)
  18. Metallica - Metallica (139)
  19. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (147)
  20. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica (148)
  21. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (149)
On the singles side of the aisle, Keith Urban has shot to number 1 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart with "Female" while U2 is at number 1 on the Triple A chart with "You're the Best Thing About Me".

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