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Tom Petty Stays at Number 2; Replacements Achieve Highest Chart Spot Ever

by VVN Music

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers stay at number 2 this week with their 1993 Greatest Hits album in the wake of Petty's death. Three other Petty albums stay on the Billboard 200, Wildflowers (27 to 60), Anthology: Through the Years (32 to 111) and Full Moon Fever (127 to 177).

Greatest Hits also tops the Rock and Catalog Albums for a second week.

The highest debut of the week by a veteran artist goes to Marilyn Manson whose Heaven Upside Down opens at number 8. This is the third time he has come in at that position after 2007's Eat Me, Drink Me and his last album, 2015's The Pale Emperor.

Liam Gallagher's debut solo album, As You Were, premiers at 30. He last had been that high on the U.S. charts in 2008 on Oasis' Dig Out Your Soul, which peaked at 5.  He also went to 31 with his first album with Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding.

Gwen Stefani's first holiday album, You Make Me Feel Like Christmas, opens at number 51. Most of the time, holiday sets do not perform as well as regular studio releases, which would explain the lower position.  Her other three solo albums all went top five.

It's been 27 years since the Replacements put a new album on the Albums chart, back to their last studio set, All Shook Down, in 1990.  Their new archive release, For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986, opens this week at number 52 and gives them their highest chart position ever. The previous best was the album Don't Tell a Soul (1989 / #57).

The album also debuted at number 1 on the Vinyl Albums and Tastemakers charts.

Three albums by veteran artists that debuted last week in the top 50 have all fallen off the top 200 in their second week, The Desaturating Seven by Primus (26 last week), Let's Play Two: Live at Wrigley Field by Pearl Jam (31) and Live in Pompeii by David Gilmour (45).

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. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (2)
  2. Heaven Upside Down - Marilyn Manson (8)
  3. Now - Shania Twain (29)
  4. As You Were - Liam Gallagher (30)
  5. Core - Stone Temple Pilots (39)
  6. You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani (51)
  7. For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986 - Replacements (52)
  8. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters (55)
  9. Wildflowers - Tom Petty (60)
  10. The Eminem Show - Eminem (69)
  11. 4:44 - Jay-Z (72)
  12. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (81)
  13. Precious Memory Collection - Alan Jackson (88)
  14. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (95)
  15. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (102)
  16. Ripcord - Keith Urban (107)
  17. Anthology: Through the Years - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (111)
  18. Scream - Michael Jackson (124)
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (125)
  20. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (131)
On other charts, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers top the Bluegrass Albums with The Long-Awaited Album and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums with Lay It On Down.  On the Comedy Albums, country singer Toby Keith is spending a third week at the top with Bus Songs

Beyonce remains in the top ten on the Singles chart at 6 as a guest on the song "Mi Gente" with J Balvin & Willy William.