Chart Watch - September 21, 2007

Our weekly recap of classic artists on the current music charts. Chart highlights:
  • With Dean Martin's album falling out of the top 100 and no new charting releases, the number of albums by classic artists falls to two this week with Prince most likely dropping out next week.
  • Although not performed by the Beatles, their music is the basis for the soundtrack from the movie Across the Universe, which premiers at number 49 on the album charts.
  • Every classic artist album on the pop catalog list took a hit this week as the sales of older albums by 50 Cent and Kanye West had a big resurgence.
  • For the third week in a row, an Elvis Presley reissue single premiers at number 14 on the British singles chart. This week it's Party which contains the songs Party & Got A Lotta Livin' to Do. Also reentering the singles chart is Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight at number 23. The song is currently be used in a U.K. advertising campaign.
  • The Last.FM listening chart for songs recorded during the classic era had the biggest mix-up we've seen since we started keeping track. Three factors came into play. The release of the movie Across the Universe featuring songs by the Beatles seems to have pushed their music even higher on the chart. The release of the Joy Division movie, Control, brought their song, Love Will Tear Us Apart, onto the chart for the first time. Finally, the publicity over the Led Zeppelin reunion added two first timers (Black Dog & Whole Lotta Love) to the two that regularly appear.

Top 100 Albums
  1. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi - Down from 28 (13 weeks)
  2. Planet Earth - Prince - Down from 79 (8 weeks)

Top 50 Singles
  • None

Top 50 R&B Albums
  1. Planet Earth - Prince - Down from 22 (8 weeks)
  2. Number 1's - Stevie Wonder - Up from 63 (4 weeks)

Top 50 R&B Singles
  1. Baby - Angie Stone featuring Betty Wright - Up from 27 (8 weeks)
  2. DJ Don't - Gerald Levert - Down from 45 (23 weeks)
  3. Future Baby Mama - Prince - Down from 42 (10 weeks)
  4. Angel - Chaka Khan - Down from 47 (6 weeks)

Top 25 Country Albums

  • None

Top 25 Country Singles
  1. Because of You - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Down from 5 (18 weeks)
  2. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait - Up from 16 (6 weeks)

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums
  1. The Very Best Of - Eagles - Down from 4 (129 weeks)
  2. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - Down from 6 (1,572 weeks)
  3. Back in Black - AC/DC - Down from 7 (796 weeks)
  4. Greatest Hits - Journey - Down from 6 (724 weeks)
  5. Turn It on Again: The Hits - Genesis - Down from 8 (25 weeks)
  6. Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Down from 12 (669 weeks)
  7. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down from 10 (556 weeks)
  8. Greatest Hits - Queen - Down from 13 (670 weeks)
  9. Metallica - Metallica - Down from 16 (812 weeks)
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Down from 15 (912 weeks)
  11. The Very Best...and Beyond - Foreigner - Down from 18 (26 weeks)
  12. Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits - Jim Croce - Down from 19 (57 weeks)

Top 40 British Albums
  1. Greatest Hits - Marc Bolan & T-Rex - Premier (1 week)
  2. The Police (2CD Anthology) - Police - Down from 15 (10 weeks)
  3. The King - Elvis Presley - Down from 10 (5 weeks)

Top 40 British Singles
  1. Party - Elvis Presley - Premier (1 week)
  2. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins - Premier (1 week)

Last.FM Top 20 Tracks by Classic Artists
  1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin - No Change - 8,686 listeners
  2. Let It Be - Beatles - Reentry - 6,846
  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Beatles - Up from 5 - 6,761
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - Down from 3 - 6,621
  5. Hey Jude - Beatles - Up from 7 - 6,504
  6. Money - Pink Floyd - Down from 4 - 6,497
  7. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - Up from 11 - 6,431
  8. Eleanor Rigby - Beatles - Up from 9 - 6,355
  9. Yesterday - Beatles - Down from 8 - 6,276
  10. Time - Pink Floyd - No Change - 6,008
  11. All You Need is Love - Beatles - Reentry - 5,886
  12. Help! - Beatles - No Change - 5,867
  13. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division - Premier - 5,836
  14. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin - Premier - 5,710
  15. Paranoid - Black Sabbath - Up from 18 - 5,350
  16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles - Down from 15 - 5,329
  17. The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd - Down from 16 - 5,248
  18. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin - Premier - 5,156
  19. Highway to Hell - AC/DC - No Change - 5,119
  20. Light My Fire - Doors - No Change - 5,093

Last.FM Top 20 Classic Artists
  1. Beatles - No change - 67,609 Listeners
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - No change - 62,214
  3. Metallica - No change - 47,655
  4. Pink Floyd - No change - 43,186
  5. Led Zeppelin - No change - 38,246
  6. Queen - No change - 36,125
  7. U2 - No change - 35,341
  8. Cure - No change - 33,934
  9. David Bowie - No change - 31,790
  10. Rolling Stones - No change - 29,352
  11. Bob Dylan - No change - 29,291
  12. Depeche Mode - No change - 28,819
  13. Johnny Cash - No change - 26,722
  14. Iron Maiden - Up from 15 - 26,005
  15. R.E.M. - Down from 14 - 25,692
  16. Doors - No change - 24,916
  17. AC/DC - No change - 24,585
  18. Madonna - No change - 23,959
  19. Clash - No change - 23,285
  20. Beastie Boys - No change - 22,151

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