Garth Brooks at Number 2 on U.S. Albums; R. Kelly in at 4

Christmas is very much ruling the charts with six of the top ten albums by veteran artists being holiday offerings both old and new.

Garth Brooks remains the top selling veteran artist with his Wal-Mart exclusive Blame It All on My Roots dropping from 1 to 2 in its third week of release.  The album would have remained at the top based on release schedules if it weren't for the complete surprise of the new Beyonce album which sold over 600,000 copies.

R. Kelly appears to have weathered all of his controversies with no problem, debuting at number 4 with Black Panties. The album continues his long run of big studio sets with every one of his twelve releases making it to number 6 or better with eight making the top two.

Neil Young premiers at 28 with Live at the Cellar Door, his latest release from the Archives series. Of the seven albums that have been released in the series, this is the second highest charting after 2007's Live at Massey Hall 1971 which peaked at 6.

Other than Celine Dion's latest at 38, the rest of the top ten albums by veterans (see list at left), are holiday sets from Mary J. Blige (number 11), Mannheim Steamroller (26), the Vince Guaraldi Trio (30), Elvis Presley (41), Rod Stewart (47) and Mariah Carey (48).

The only other debut by a veteran artist this week is Neil Diamond's Classic Christmas Album at 194.

Behind Beyonce and Brooks are Kelly Clarkson's Christmas album at 3, Kelly at 4 and One Direction at 5.

Eminem Featuring Rihanna top to Singles chart for the second week with The Monster followed by Timber by Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha and Counting Stars by One Republic.

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