Metallica Jump Back to Number 2; Stone Temple Pilots Have Highest Veteran Debut But Lowest Charting Album of Career

by VVN Music

Metallica surge from 42 to 2 for the week with their late-2016 album Hardwired...to Self Destruct.

Just like Bon Jovi and David Byrne in recent weeks, Metallica's high placing was mainly due to the redemption of album vouchers that people received when they bought tickets for the latest leg of the band's tour in support of the album.

Hardwired is also at the top of the Album Sales, Independent Albums, Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

Unfortunately, this is normally a very short-term gain as can be seen by last week's top charting album by a veteran artist, Byrne's American Utopia. Last week's voucher fueled number 3 placing gave him his highest charting album ever, solo or with the Talking Heads; however, the album dropped to number 89 in its second week.

The top new album of the week goes to the self-titled set by Stone Temple Pilots which debuts at 24. It's the group's seventh studio set and first in eight years but time has not been kind.  It is the first album by the group that did make the top ten and their last album from 2010, which also was self-titled, debuted at number 2.

The other two veteran debuts for the week are far down the chart.  At 136 is Yo La Tengo's There's a Riot Going On and, at 148, is Snoop Dogg's first venture into gospel, Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love. Snoop's album is at number 1 on the Gospel Albums chart.

Also of note is that the hits collection by contemporary Christian veterans MercyMe just keeps going up in deference to the way albums normally chart.  I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe debuted two weeks ago at 118, moved to 99 last week and jumps all the way to 30 this week.

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. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica (2)
  2. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (22)
  3. Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots (24)
  4. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe - MercyMe (30)
  5. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (41)
  6. Both Sides of the Sun - Jimi Hendrix (51)
  7. Firepower - Judas Priest (52)
  8. Revival - Eminem (55)
  9. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (60)
  10. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen (69)
  11. Diamonds - Elton John (72)
  12. American Utopia - David Byrne (89)
  13. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (97)
  14. Metallica - Metallica (100)
  15. Mothership - Led Zeppelin (102)
  16. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (104)
  17. 1 - Beatles (107)
  18. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (114)
  19. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (119)
  20. Sweet Southern Sugar - Kid Rock (126)
Alison Krauss returns to the top of the Bluegrass Albums chart with Windy City, an album that was released thirteen months ago. Over on the Blues Albums, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa return to number 1 with Black Coffee and Bill Frisell takes the top spot on the Jazz Albums chart with Music Is.

On the Hot 100, Maroon 5's "Wait" goes 32 to 29 to make it the highest charting track by a veteran artist.  Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton's "Say Something" drops from 26 to 32.

Charlie Wilson is at the top of the Adult R&B Tracks chart with "Chills"

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