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Shania Twain Tops U.S. Album Chart While Petty Returns Five

by VVN Music

A combination of high popularity new releases and sales after the death of Tom Petty have led to a makeover of the top albums by veteran artists.

Shania Twain debuts at number 1 with her first new album in fifteen years, Now. Even with the long break, this is the third straight chart topper for Twain including her double diamond (20 million+) salses Come On Over (1997) and the Diamond (11 million+) followup, Up (2002).

Now also tops the Country Albums chart.

The death of Tom Petty put five of his albums, both solo and with the Heartbreakers, back on the Billboard 200:
  • 002. Greatest Hits
  • 027. Wildflowers
  • 032. Anthology: Through the Years
  • 122. Damn the Torpedoes
  • 127. Full Moon Fever
On the Digital Sales chart, Greatest Hits outsold Twain to take the top spot and is also at the top of the Catalog Albums and Rock Albums. 

Primus continues their run of top 50 albums with their latest, The Desaturating Seven, which starts at 26. The run, a total of seven studio releases, dates back to 1993's Pork Soda which went to 7, giving them their highest charting album.

The Desaturating Seven is also the number 1 selling Vinyl Album for the week. 

At 31 is the premier of Pearl Jam's Let's Play Two: Live at Wrigley Field. The band has released a total of 16 official live albums and well over 200 official bootlegs of shows from throughout their career, but only a handful have ever charted.  Overall, this is their fourth highest charting live album with 1998's Live on Two Legs being the highest at 15. 

The new Michael Jackson compilation, Scream, which seems to be aimed at the Halloween market, opens at 33. Amazingly, his collections have not done well, at least in their initial runs, with 2003's Number Ones peaking at 13 before hitting number 1 after his death.  Scream is now his second highest charting collection in its time directly after release. 

David Gilmour debuts at 45 with his second solo live album Live at Pompeii. His first, Love at Gdansk, went to 26 in 2008. 

Wyclef Jean is in at 112 with Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, his seventh solo studio album to chart in the U.S. out of eight releases; however, it is the second lowest with only 2009's From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion coming in lower at 171. 

Christian singer Matt Redman scores his third Billboard 200 album with Glory Song which starts at 128 while David Bowie's new multi-disc collection A New Career in Town (1977 - 1982) opens at 151. 

Marvin Sapp has an exceedingly low debut with his album Close at 156. His last four albums have all made the top 40 with both Here I Am (2010 / #2) and I Win (2012 / #9) making the top 10. 

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. Now - Shania Twain (1)
  2. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (2)
  3. The Desaturating Seven - Primus (26)
  4. Wildflowers - Tom Petty (27)
  5. Let's Play Two: Live at Wrigley Field - Pearl Jam (31)
  6. Anthology: Through the Years - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (32)
  7. Scream - Michael Jackson (33)
  8. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters (39)
  9. Live in Pompeii - David Gilmour (45)
  10. 4:44 - Jay-Z (52)
  11. The Eminem Show - Eminem (88)
  12. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (92)
  13. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (98)
  14. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (101)
  15. Ripcord - Keith Urban (106)
  16. Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee - Wyclef Jean (112)
  17. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (116)
  18. Metallica - Metallica (118)
  19. Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty & the Heartbreaker (122)
  20. Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty (127)
Elsewhere around the charts, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums while Toby Keith tops the Comedy Albums for a second week with Bus Songs

A veteran artist also makes it into the top five on the Singles chart this week as Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William Featuring Beyonce moves 21 to 3. The track is also at the top of the Digital Song Sales chart.