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Guardians 2 Soundtrack Retakes Top Veteran Artist Album, Steve Winwood Only Debut

by VVN Music

While the British Album charts are brimming with music from veteran artists, the U.S. version is a stagnant wasteland.

Nearly every week, there are two artists who have been recording for twenty years or more in the U.K. top ten, often times even more, but it's becoming more and more rare to see one above 20 in the U.S.  Last week, Queens of the Stone Age debuted at 3 with Villains. This week it falls to 28.

Meanwhile, the only debut in the top 200 by a veteran artist goes to Steve Winwood whose live Greatest Hits album opens at number 62. Sets by Joan Osborne, Walter Trout, the Dixie Chicks, Jonny Lang and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, all released the same day as Winwood, didn't crack the chart.

With the 25 spot drop by Villains, it opened up the door for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 soundtrack to retake the top spot for veteran artists while holding at number 26.  That album has already been out 20 weeks while its predecessor, Vol. 1, goes 84 to 81 in its 111th week on the chart.

LCD Soundsystem tops the Billboard 200 with American Dream followed by Lil Uzi Vert's Luv is Rage 2, XXXTemptacion's 17, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. and Khalid's American Teen.

The top twenty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (26)
  2. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (28)
  3. 4:44 - Jay-Z (33)
  4. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (38)
  5. Winwood: Greatest Hits Live - Steve Winwood (62)
  6. Ripcord - Keith Urban (73)
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (81)
  8. All Eyez On Me - 2Pac (82)
  9. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (83)
  10. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (92)
  11. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (94)
  12. One More Light - Linkin Park (98)
  13. Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G. (100)
  14. Their Greatest Hits: Volumes 1 & 2 - Eagles (101)
  15. Greatest Hits - Journey (111)
  16. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (115)
  17. Metallica - Metallica (119)
  18. 40: Forty Hits From Forty Years 1977 - 2017 - Foreigner (120)
  19. A Decade of Steely Dan - Steely Dan (122)
  20. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (123)
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Despacito drops 2 to 3 on the Singles chart as it continues its record setting run.