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Kenny Chesney Has First Chart Topping Live Album in Seven Years; Weezer Hits New Chart Low

by VVN Music

As expected, Kenny Chesney is at the top of the Billboard 200 with Live in a No Shoes Nation.

This is Chesney's eighth number 1 album since his 1994 debut and his fifteenth chart topper on the Country Albums.

Live in a No Shoes Nation is also the first live album to hit the number 1 spot since the Hope For Haiti Now benefit set in 2010. For a single artist live album, you have to go back another year to Sugarland's Live on the Inside.

Chesney's eight number 1 albums leaves him one short of Garth Brooks for the record of the most chart toppers by a country artist on the Billboard 200.

Weezer starts at number 23 with Pacific Daydream, the lowest charting studio album of their career in the U.S.  Up until now, Pinkerton was the lowest, peaking at number 19 in 1996.  Since Pinkerton, the band has had eight straight top ten albums.

Pacific Daydream is at the top of the Tastemakers Chart for the week.

At 81 is the new holiday album from Hanson, Finally, It's Christmas.  That is also the lowest charting studio album for the band since their 1997 major label debut (they had two non-charting independent albums before signing with Mercury); however, that is normal for a holiday-based release.

The Grateful Dead are back again with another in the Dave's Picks series, Volume 24: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 8/25/72 which starts at 91.  Three to four of these albums are released every year by the band in a limited edition, they chart for a week, and then disappear from the chart.

The R&B quartet, 112, premiers at 106 with Q, Mike, Slim, Daron. This is their sixth studio album since 1996 and their first to not make the top 100.  Their last, 2005's Pleasure & Pain, debuted at number 4.

Last week's top selling album by a veteran artist, Darius Rucker's When Was the Last Time, falls 8 to 46 in its second week of release.

On other charts, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is at number 1 on the Blues Albums with Lay It On Down and Toby Keith is once again topping the Comedy Albums with The Bus Songs.

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. Live in a No Shoes Nation - Kenny Chesney (1)
  2. Pacific Daydream - Weezer (23)
  3. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (26)
  4. When Was the Last Time - Darius Rucker (46)
  5. Scream - Michael Jackson (47)
  6. Precious Memory Collection - Alan Jackson (61)
  7. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica (66)
  8. Colors - Beck (77)
  9. Finally, It's Christmas - Hanson (81)
  10. Dave's Picks, Volume 24: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 8/25/72 - Grateful Dead (91)
  11. 4:44 - Jay-Z (96)
  12. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (101)
  13. Q Mike Slim Daron - 112 (106)
  14. The Eminem Show - Eminem (107)
  15. One More Light - Linkin Park (111)
  16. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (118)
  17. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (119)
  18. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (124)
  19. Now - Shania Twain (126)
  20. Ripcord - Keith Urban (134)