Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd & Garth Brooks Go 2-3-4; Percy Sledge Charts For First Time in 46 Years

Veteran artists have gone 2-3-4 on the Billboard Albums chart, as was predicted last week.

The Foo Fighters have the highest debuting album of the week overall and the biggest album by a veteran artists with Sonic Highway. This is the seventh straight studio album for the band to make the top ten and the fifth straight that has gone top three:
  • One by One (2002 / #3)
  • In Your Honor (2005 / #2)
  • Echos, Silence, Patience and Grace (2007 / #3)
  • Wasting Light (2011 / #1)
  • Sonic Highway (2014 / #2)
Pink Floyd debut at number 3 with The Endless River, a two-CD set of mostly instrumental music that was recorded during the same sessions as The Division Bell. It is the seventh album by Floyd to make the top 3 including seven of their last eight studio releases.

Garth Brooks opens at number 4 with Man Against Machine, a relatively low spot for an artist whose comeback tour is breaking records all over the country. It is the second lowest studio album of his career (not counting his sidestep into the Chris Gaines character) with only his self-titled debut album not making the top three. 

As we theorized last week, this is most likely due to the fact that Brooks did not release the album to digital stores like iTunes and Amazon, instead selling it only on his newly opened site. This, along with his refusal to stream on Spotify, Rdio, etc., could seriously hurt his position next week when Billboard starts including steams and album equivalent tracks on the chart. 

Up from 60 to 10 is the George Strait concert album The Cowboy Rides Away. The big jump was due to a new deluxe package coming out exclusively through Wal-Mart stores. 

Whitney Houston returns to the charts with her first live album, Live: Her Greatest Performances. The album, which includes performances from throughout her career, starts at number 19.

Two spots down, at 21, is the highest charting album ever for Machine Head with Bloodstone & Diamonds. It sets the new mark for the group by bettering their last album, 2011's Unto the Locust, by just one position.

At 23 is Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), collectively known as The New Basement Tapes with their collection of "new" Bob Dylan compositions Lost on the River.

Queen didn't even make the top ten albums by veteran artists for the week as their Forever Queen debuts at 38. None of the later Queen albums, even from when Freddie Mercury was alive, did well on the U.S. charts with Hot Space being the best, charting at 22. Their last album of Mercury material after his death, Made in Heaven, only got to 58.

Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra premiers at 65 with Todo Tiene Su Hora, giving him a new high on the Billboard Albums chart. Only two of his albums had charted before, 2004's Para Ti (#108) and 2007's La llave de mi corazon (#77).

A 2006 collection of five Percy Sledge hits, Rhino Hi-Five: Percy Sledge, makes an unexpected debut at 135. It's his first appearance on the Billboard Top 200 Albums since 1969's The Best of Percy Sledge.

Finally, at 199 is the debut of Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra with Love in Venice.

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:
  1. 1989 - Taylor Swift
  2. Sonic Highway - Foo Fighters
  3. The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  4. Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks
  5. Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.
The top five singles:
  1. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
  2. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  4. Animals - Maroon 5
  5. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Rock Albums - Sonic Highway - Foo Fighters
  • Alternative Albums - Sonic Highway - Foo Fighters
  • Hard Rock Albums - Sonic Highway - Foo Fighters
  • R&B Albums - Live: Her Greatest Performances - Whitney Houston
  • Country Albums - Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks
  • Bluegrass Albums - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Jazz Albums - Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • New Age Albums - 30/40 - Mannheim Steamroller
  • Tastemaker Albums - The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  • Rock Airplay - Something For Nothing - Foo Fighters
  • Adult Alternative Airplay - The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) - U2
  • Mainstream Rock Songs - Something For Nothing - Foo Fighters
  • Smooth Jazz Songs - Head Over Heels - Peter White

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