Streisand Debuts at 1, McGraw at 3, Strait at 4 and Slash at 10

It's a huge week for veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart as new sets take three of the top four spots and four of the top ten.

At number 1 is Barbra Streisand with her duets album Partners. As was previously noted, the makes Streisand the first artist to ever have a number one album in each of six different decades and it gives her a total of ten number 1s, more than any female artist in chart history and tying her with Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen for third overall.

Tim McGraw premiers at number 3 with Sundown Heaven Town, his thirteenth studio album and his twelfth in a row to make it to the pop top four. It's also his eleventh studio album to hit number 1 on the Country Albums. McGraw's studio albums:
  • Tim McGraw (1993 / Did not chart)
  • Not a Moment Too Soon (1994 / #1 Pop / #1 Country)
  • All I Want (1995 / #4 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Everywhere (1997 / #2 Pop / #1 Country)
  • A Place in the Sun (1999 / #1 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Set This Circus Down (2001 / #2 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002 / #2 Pop / #2 Country)
  • Live Like You Were Dying (2004 / #1 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Let It Go (2007 / #1 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Southern Voice (2009 / #2 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Emotional Traffic (2012 / #2 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Two Lanes of Freedom (2013 / #2 Pop / #1 Country)
  • Sundown Heaven Town (2014 / #3 Pop / #1 Country)
At number 4 is the debut of George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium. It's his nineteenth album to make the Billboard Top 200 Album's top ten. 

Slash, along with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, open at 10 with World on Fire. It's the guitarists third solo album, all of which made the top ten; however, it didn't do as well as his previous sets Slash (2010 / #3) and Apocalyptic Love (2012 / #4).

Mike Doughty opens at 66 with Stellar Motel, his seventh album to make the Top 200 and just one spot short of his best showing with 2013's Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless How Many Cans? True Dreams of Wichita Monster Man Mr. Bitterness Maybe I’ll Come Down St. Louise Is Listening I Miss the Girl Unmarked Helicopters The Idiot Kings So Far I Have Not Found the Science (yes, that was the full title).

Phish premiers at 110 with A Picture of Nectar, the re-release of their 1992 album that did not chart the first time around.

Finally, The Earls of Leicester, made up of Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Warren and Barry Bales, debut at 159 with their tribute album to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:
  1. Partners - Barbra Streisand
  2. X - Chris Brown
  3. Sundown Heaven Town - Tim McGraw
  4. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live at AT&T Stadium - George Strait
  5. Bulletproof Picasso - Train
The top five singles:
  1. All About That Base - Meghan Trainor
  2. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  3. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
  4. Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
  5. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea Featuring Rita Ora
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Country Albums - Sundown Heaven Town - Tim McGraw
  • Blues Albums - Step Back - Johnny Winter
  • Bluegrass Albums - The Earls of Leicester - Earls of Leicester
  • Comedy Albums - Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic
  • Soundtrack Albums - Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 - Various Artists
  • Catalog Albums - The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks
  • R&B Streaming Songs - Wiggle - Jason Derulo Featuring Snoop Dogg


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