Eminem in Top Ten For Fifth Week; Fifteen-Year-Old Cranberries Album is Top Debut

by VVN Music

Eminem continues his domination of the charts with the highest charting album by a veteran artist for the fifth straight week along with his fifth week in the top ten with Revival. The album drops from 7 to 8.

FINALLY, there are albums debuting on the Billboard 200 from veteran artists but the two highest debuts aren't even new. At 16 is a fifteen year old album that took off last week after the death of Dolores O'Riordan, the Cranberries' Stars: The Best of the Cranberries 1992 - 2002.  The album was originally released on September 16, 2002 but never charted in the U.S.  It is also the number 1 Catalog Album for the week.

At 30 is Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection by Diana Ross, a album that was released in November as a digital download.  Now that the CD is out, it has made the charts. Of the over thirty different collections of Ross' solo music that have been released, this is the second highest charting after Diana Ross' Greatest Hits (1976 / #13).

The highest debuting completely new album by a veteran artist goes to Joe Satriani and What Happens Next. Debuting at 42, the album falls right into the same range on the charts as his last three studio albums, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010 / #45), Unstoppable Momentum (2013 / #42) and Shockwave Supernova (2015 / #46).

After 34 years and ten studio albums, heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity have finally made it to the top 100 albums with No Cross No Crown which debuts at 67. Previously, four other albums by the group had made the Billboard 200 but the highest charting was Wiseblood (1996 / #104).

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. Revival - Eminem (8)
  2. Stars: The Best of the Cranberries 1992 - 2002 - Cranberries (16)
  3. Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection - Diana Ross (30)
  4. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (37)
  5. What Happens Next - Joe Satriana (42)
  6. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (51)
  7. No Cross No Crown - Corrosion of Conformity (67)
  8. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (81)
  9. Precious Memories Collection - Alan Jackson (86)
  10. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen (88)
  11. Diamonds - Elton John (89)
  12. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (107)
  13. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (113)
  14. Beatles (114)
  15. Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band - Green Day (125)
  16. Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (128)
  17. The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel (129)
  18. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (143)
  19. Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (144)
  20. Metallica - Metallica (145)
Alison Krauss continues at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums chart with Windy City while, on the Blues Albums, Tinsley Ellis is at the top with Winning Hand.

Last week, Justin Timberlake debuted at 9 on the Hot 100 with "Filthy", the first song from his Man of the Woods album but, in week two, it has dropped to 29. It will be interesting to see how his Super Bowl half-time performance changes how his songs chart.

Elsewhere, Beck has finally fallen from number 1 on the Triple A chart but he is now at the top of Rock Airplay with "Up All Night".

On the Dance Club Songs chart, Kristine W is at the top with Stars.  Mostly unknown outside of the dance circuit, this is Kristine's fifteenth number 1 song since 1994. Kristine is listed as number 8 on Billboard's All-Time Dance Club Artists just below the Pet Shop Boys, Donna Summer and Mariah Carey.

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