Bon Jovi Back to Number 1 Album, Christian Band Passion Has Highest Veteran Debut

by VVN Music

Propelled by the redemption of vouchers fans received when they bought tickets for the new leg of their tour, Bon Jovi have jumped back to the top of the Billboard 200 with This House is Not For Sale.

In November, the band set a chart record when the album hit number 1 upon release and dropped to 43 in its second week.  It is entirely possible (maybe even probable) that they will break that record next week as the redemption process winds down.

Bon Jovi also tops the Billboard Artists 100 and the album is number 1 in Album Sales and Rock Albums.

The Christian band Passion has the highest debut by a veteran artist with Whole Heart starting at number 37. This is the twentieth album by the group and the seventeenth to make the Billboard 200. Their highest charting albums are Let the Future Begin (2013) and Take It All (2014), both of which peaked at number 4.

The Jerry Garcia Band opens at 153 with GarciaLive, Volume 10: May 20th, 1990 Hilo Civic Auditorium while Michael W. Smith starts at 188 with Surrounded. A live album, it is a major downfall for Smith whose last three live albums, Worship (2001), Worship Again (2002) and A New Hallelujah (2008) all made the top twenty.

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. This House is Not For Sale - Bon Jovi (1)
  2. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (11)
  3. Revival - Eminem (28)
  4. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (34)
  5. Whole Heart - Passion (37)
  6. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (58)
  7. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (68)
  8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (69)
  9. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (70)
  10. Diamonds - Elton John (78)
  11. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (83)
  12. Metallica - Metallica (89)
  13. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (93)
  14. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (94)
  15. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (102)
  16. Mothership - Led Zeppelin (108)
  17. Thriller - Michael Jackson (113)
  18. Chronicles: 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (115)
  19. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (124)
  20. 1 - Beatles (125)
Elsewhere, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn top the Bluegrass Albums chart with Echo in the Valley and Al Di Meola is at number 1 on the Jazz Albums.

On the Hot 100, Justin Timberlake moves 30 to 29 with Say Something featuring Chris Stapleton while Maroon 5 holds at 39 with Wait.

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