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Foo Fighters Fall 1 to 17 in U.S.; Van Morrison, Black Country Communion & Steve Martin Fail to Live Up to Past Releases

by VVN Music

The Foo Fighters took a fairly large fall in their second week on the Billboard 200.

Their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, dropped from number 1 to 17, not indicating a very bright future for the set.

Frontman Dave Grohl recently spoke about his fear of the Foo Fighters becoming a "legacy" act and their sales have been dropping to show that his theory just might be true.  Many older rock acts have a tendency to sell big numbers in their first week as true fans rush out to be the release, but drop drastically over the following frames.  That was seen late last year with Bon Jovi's latest, This House is Not For Sale, setting a record for the biggest fall from number 1, dropping to 43.

The Foo Fighters are not showing that drastic of a fall, but their sales continue to drop with each ne release.  Their last platinum album was 2005's In Their Honor.  The next two albums went gold but Sonic Highways fell just short of the 500,000 mark and, with such a drop in sales in week 2, it looks like Concrete and Gold could have problems seeing sales in the 300,000 range.

Van Morrison's Roll With the Punches is also not showing great sales.  It debuted this week at 23, the lowest for an original Morrison studio album since 2006's Pay the Devil and follows up a number 9 premier for 2016's Keep Me Singing.

Roll With the Punches is at number 1 on the Folk/Americana Albums.

Continuing in a bad week for veteran artists, BCCIV, the fourth studio album for Black Country Communion (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian & Jason Bonham), opens at just 102.  That is the first of their studio sets not to make the top 100 and is well below their last one, 2012's Afterglow, which went to 48.

...and then there is the latest from Steve Martin in his bluegrass career.  The Long Awaited Album, with the Steep Canyon Rangers, debuts at 189, well below his other four sets:
  • The Crow: New Songs For the Five String Banjo (2009 / #93)
  • Rare Bird Alert (2011 / #43)
  • Love Has Come For You (2013 / #21)
  • So Familiar (2015 / #126)
  • The Long Awaited Album (2017 / #189)
The new album did make number 1, though, on the Bluegrass Albums chart. 

Finally, the first duet album by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins did not catch the public's attention. Everybody Knows starts this week at 195. 

Last week's second highest debuting album, Prophets of Rage, fell from 16 off of the Billboard 200 in its second 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. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters (17)
  2. Roll With the Punches - Van Morrison (23)
  3. 4:44 - Jay-Z (63)
  4. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (82)
  5. The Eminem Show - Eminem (86)
  6. Southern Blood - Gregg Allman (96)
  7. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (98)
  8. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (99)
  9. BCCIV - Black Country Communion (102)
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (104)
  11. Ripcord - Keith Urban (107)
  12. One More Light - Linkin Park (109)
  13. The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (110)
  14. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (124)
  15. Metallica - Metallica (128)
  16. Their Greatest Hits: Volumes 1 & 2 - Eagles (130)
  17. Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G. (133)
  18. Abbey Road - Beatles (134)
  19. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park (141)
  20. Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters (143)
Elsewhere, Lay It Down by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band tops the Blues Albums and Toby Keith is at number 1 on the Comedy Albums with The Bus Songs, a first in his career.