John Prine Debuts at 5 on U.S. Albums Chart; Metallica Places Three in Top 100

by VVN Music

As we reported yesterday, John Prine has the biggest chart hit in his 47 year recording career with The Tree of Forgiveness.

The new album, whose sales for the week were boosted by CD redemptions from ticket sales, debuts at number 5 while his previous best was the 2016 album For Better, Or Worse, which went to number 30. Before then, none of his 24 albums had made the top 50.

The Tree of Forgiveness also opens as the number 1 Americana/Folk Album.

Only one other album by a veteran artist premiers for the week, the collection Decades by Finnish metal band Nightwish. The new set comes in at 158 with the first of their even compilations to chart in the U.S. Four of their nine studio albums charted with 2011's Imaginaerium doing best, going to 27.

Metallica have three albums in the top 100 with the return of their latest, Hardwired...to Self Destruct at 17 and the rereleased The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited opening at 18.  Metallica (also known at the Black Album) sits at number 96.

The $5.98 EP also sits atop the Vinyl Albums, Catalog Albums and Tastemakers charts.

Also back is Beyonce's Lemonade after her two triumphant shows at the Coachella Festival.

Three albums that debuted in the top 100 last week have fallen completely off the charts in week two. The soundtrack to the NBC edition of Jesus Christ Superstar was at 46 last week based on digital sales.  The CD comes out this Friday (April 28) which should see it make a comeback two weeks from now on the charts. Also out are Kylie Minogue's Golden and the Johnny Cash tribute album Forever Words.

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. The Tree of Forgiveness - John Prine (5)
  2. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (17)
  3. The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited - Metallica (18)
  4. Diamonds - Elton John (37)
  5. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe - MercyMe (44)
  6. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (49)
  7. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (53)
  8. Revival - Eminem (74)
  9. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (86)
  10. Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Various Artists (88)
  11. Lemonade - Beyonce (91)
  12. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (92)
  13. Greatest Hits - Queen (93)
  14. Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Various Artists (95) 
  15. Metallica - Metallica (96)
  16. The Eminem Show - Eminem (102)
  17. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (104)
  18. 1 - Beatles (106)
  19. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (117)
  20. Icon: Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (118)
Elsewhere, Snoop Dogg continues to be at the top of the Gospel Albums with Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love and Beth Hart debuts at number 1 on the Blues Albums. 

Maroon 5 stay in the Singles top 40 with "Wait" which drops from 35 to 36 while Daddy Yankee's "Dura" is heading up the Latin Pop Airplay chart. . 

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