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Beck Debuts at Number 3 on the U.S. Albums Chart; Robert Plant & Wu-Tang in Top Twenty

by VVN Music

Beck has scored his sixth straight top ten album as Colors premiers this week at number 3.

Before the release of Sea Change (2002 / #8), the singer had never hit the top ten, but that album started a new trend in his career as he followed with Guero (2005 / #2), The Information (2006 / #7), Modern Guilt (2008 / #4), Morning Phase (2014 / #3) and, now, Colors.

The album is number 1 on the Billboard Vinyl, Rock and Tastemaker Albums charts.

Robert Plant sees his string of four straight top tens broken with the new album Carry Fire which debuts at 14. His last four solo albums, and his last five if you count Raising Sand with Alison Krauss, have gone to the top four.

Plant does take the top spot for the week on the Americana/Folk Albums chart.

Wu-Tang have their best charting album in 17 years with The Saga Continues which opens at 15. The last time they were that high on the charts was 2000 with The W which hit number 5.  Since then, they have released Iron Flag (2001 / #32), 8 Diagrams (2007 / #25) and A Better Tomorrow (2014 / #29).

Two normally reliable artists debut in the lower depths of the charts. Dolly Parton has her lowest charting studio album since 1999 as I Believe in You starts at 173.  The fact that it is a children's album most likely may have stunted some of the sales but her last two albums, Blue Smoke (2014 / #6 Pop / #2 Country) and Pure & Simple (2016 / #11 Pop / #1 Country), pointed towards a much higher debut.

Also low is Ogilala by Billy Corgan (as William Patrick Corgan).  The Smashing Pumpkins lead released his first solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, in 2005, giving him a number 31 album. Ogilala was only able to garner number 183 in its first week.

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. Colors - Beck (3)
  2. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (14)
  3. The Saga Continues - Wu-Tang (15)
  4. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (17)
  5. Now - Shania Twain (62)
  6. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (69)
  7. The Eminem Show - Eminem (72)
  8. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (77)
  9. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (82)
  10. Heaven Upside Down - Marilyn Manson (84)
  11. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters (85)
  12. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (95)
  13. 4:44 - Jay-Z (98)
  14. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (107)
  15. Ripcord - Keith Urban (110)
  16. Wildflowers - Tom Petty (115)
  17. Precious Memory Collection - Alan Jackson (121)
  18. Add Violence (EP) - Nine Inch Nails (124)
  19. Metallica - Metallica (125)
  20. One More Light - Linkin Park (128)
Elsewhere, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers top the Catalog Albums with Greatest Hits, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums, Kenny Wayne Shepard leads the Blues Albums with Lay It On Down and Toby Keith is once again the Comedy Albums king with Bus Songs

On the Singles side, Beyonce stays at number 6 in support of J Balvin and Willy Willman on "Mi Gente". New, at 98, is Garth Brooks with "Ask Me How I Know".