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Darius Rucker Debuts at 8 in the U.S.; Robert Plant Falls 96 Spots in Second Week

by VVN Music

Darius Rucker opens at number 8 this week with his sixth solo studio album, When Was the Last Time.  It's the lowest he has gone on the Billboard 200 since his solo debut, Back to Then (2002 / #127).  His last album, 2015's Southern Style, peaked at 7.

When Was the Last Time also fails to take the top spot on the Country Albums chart which Rucker has done with his last four albums, Learn to Live (2008), Charleston, SC, 1966 (2010), True Believers (2013) and Southern Style. The new album debuts at 2.

The deluxe version of George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 debuts at 41. The album peaked at number 2 in its original release in 1990.

Also returning to the charts with a deluxe version is the Smiths' The Queen is Dead which premiers at 122.  The album went to 70 back in 1986 when it was released.

Willie Nelson, along with his sons Lukas and Micah, debut at 134 with Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash, Vol. 2.  While this may seem like an exceedingly low start for a Nelson album, it is, in fact, not bad.  The first volume in the new Willie's Stash series, with his sister Bobbie Nelson, failed to make the Billboard 200.

Sons of Apollo, the new supergroup with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thai, failed to impress, only getting a number 147 debut. The album did make it to number 1 on the Heatseakers chart.

Last week's three debuts all took big falls in week two. Beck's Colors went 3 to 36, Wu-Tang's The Saga Continues dropped 15 to 85 and Robert Plant took the biggest fall from 14 to 110 with Carry Fire.

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. When Was the Last Time - Darius Rucker (8)
  2. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (17)
  3. Colors - Beck (36)
  4. Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 - George Michael (41)
  5. Now - Shania Twain (74)
  6. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (75)
  7. 4:44 - Jay-Z (81)
  8. The Saga Continues - Wu-Tang (85)
  9. The Eminem Show - Eminem (87)
  10. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (92)
  11. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (100)
  12. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters (105)
  13. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (106)
  14. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (110)
  15. Ripcord - Keith Urban (114)
  16. The Queen is Dead - Smiths (122)
  17. Wildflowers - Tom Petty (123)
  18. Precious Memory Collection - Alan Jackson (129)
  19. Metallica - Metallica (130)
  20. Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash, Vol. 2 - Willie Nelson (134)
Elsewhere, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums with Echo in the Valley while the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band tops the Blues Albums again with Lay It Down and Toby Keith remains at the helm of the Comedy Albums with The Bus Songs.