Monica Tops the Veteran Artists on Billboard 200 But Number 27 Start is Lowest Since Debut

Monica has debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and is the highest charting veteran artist for the week with her new album Code Red.

Code Red ends a streak of five top ten albums by Monica going back to 1998's The Boy is Mine. Only her debut album, 1995's Miss Thang, charted lower at number 36. Her last set, 2012's New Life, debuted at 4.

The first single from the album, Just Right For Me (featuring Lil Wayne) peaked at 18 on the R&B Singles but did not make the Hot 100.

Andrea Bocelli moves from 5 to 2 on the veteran chart with Cinema which finishes on the Billboard 200 at 31. He's followed by last weeks top selling album by a veteran artist The Closet by R. Kelly (#38), Vince Guraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (#40) and the Beatles' 1 (#41).

There were no other debuts by veteran artists.

Three Christmas songs by veteran artists also continue to do well on the Billboard Hot 100. Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas is You sets a new high moving 18 to 11 while Brenda Lee, who made it to the Hot 100 for the first time in 47 years with Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, moves 38 to 30. Finally Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song has made it to the top 40 for the first time in the rock era, coming in at 38. The song had previously made it to number 80 in 1960 and 65 in 1962.

The top five albums by veteran artists:
  1. Miss Thang - Monica
  2. Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
  3. The Closet - R. Kelly
  4. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guraldi Trio
  5. 1 - Beatles
The top five albums overall:
  1. 25 - Adele
  2. Purpose - Justin Bieber
  3. Royalty - Chris Brown
  4. That's Christmas to Me - Pentatonix
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Soundtrack
The top five singles:
  1. Hello - Adele
  2. Sorry - Justin Bieber
  3. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
  4. Hotline Bling - Drake
  5. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Bluegrass Albums - So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
    • Jazz Albums - Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
    • Gospel Albums - Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin
    • Latin Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
    • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Country Streaming Songs - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Get Up - Jeff Lorber Fusion
    • Latin Digital Songs - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
    • Latin Streaming Songs - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
    • Holiday 100 - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    • Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    • Holiday Airplay - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    • Holiday Streaming Songs - All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston
    • Gospel Streaming Songs - Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston

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