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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Debut at 2, Garth Brooks at 4; Twelve Veteran Artist Albums Premier

by VVN Music

It was a banner week for veteran artists in the United States as twelve albums debuted on the Billboard 200.

Nothing was pushing Taylor Swift from number 1 but Tim McGraw & Faith Hill did their best to challenge her with The Rest of Our Life which debuts at 2.

For McGraw, it extends his string of straight top five studio albums to fourteen. His second album, Not a Moment Too Soon went to number 1 in 1994 and, over the next 23 years, he has had three more number 1's, seven number 2's and one each of numbers 3, 4 and 5.

Hill last three non-holiday studio albums went to number 1 but this is her first release since 2005's Fireflies.

The Rest of Our Life is also at the top of the Country Albums chart.

Garth Brooks has another holiday timed compilation, this time as part of a book, with The Anthology Part I: The First Five Years. The book and 5-CD set, which debuts at number 4, is the first of a planned five releases chronicling his career. Last year's The Ultimate Collection peaked at number 6 after not being eligible for the charts for the first couple of weeks because of the cheap list price at Target. The album is also at the top of the Independent Albums.

Morrissey opens at 20 with Low in High School, his lowest start in over a decade.  In 2006, his Ringleader of the Tormentors debuted at 27.  Since then he has had Years of Refusal (2009 / #11) and World Peace is None of Your Business (2014 / #14). Morrissey also has the top selling Vinyl Album of the week along with being number 1 on the Tastemakers list.

Bob Seger has had a major chart fall with his latest, I Knew You When. The album starts at 25, well below his last two releases, Face the Promise (2006 / #4) and Ride Out (2014 / #3).

Sia has the highest debuting holiday set, although it isn't the highest charting as Michael Buble's Christmas jumps to number 23. Sia opens at 27 with Everyday is Christmas.

At 39 is the premier of Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band by Green Day. That beats by one spot their other major hits compilation, 2001's International Superhits! which peaked at 40.

Iron Maiden have placed their eighth live album on the charts with the number 49 debut of The Book of Souls: Live Chapter. Only two of those other albums charted better, Live After Death (1985 / #22) and Flight 666 (2009 / #34). The album is also number 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

At face value, the new Jimmy Buffett album, Buried Treasures: Volume 1, looks like a failure with Jimmy being a regular top ten fixture with each release; however, this is not a new studio album but, instead, recordings Buffett made before his broke big. While Buffett fans are known to be rabid, the appeal of previously unreleased recordings from the 70's only appeals to a limited subset of that huge fan base.

The newly renamed Jeff Lynne's ELO (formerly the Electric Light Orchestra) opens at 18 with the live set Wembley or Bust. Even though they have put out a number of live sets, this is the first to make the Billboard 200.

The tribute album for Dan Fogelberg with artists like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Donna Summer, Vince Gill and many more starts at 100 while the final album from the late Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, is at 106.

The last of the twelve veteran artist debuts goes to Whitney Houston whose I Wish You Love: More From the Bodyguard starts at 165.

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. The Rest of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (2)
  2. The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years - Garth Brooks (4)
  3. Low in High School - Morrissey (20)
  4. Christmas - Michael Buble (23)
  5. I Knew You WhenBob Seger (25)
  6. Everyday is Christmas - Sia (27)
  7. Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band - Green Day (39)
  8. You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani (44)
  9. The Book of Souls: The Live Chapter - Iron Maiden (49)
  10. Diamonds - Elton John (55)
  11. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (63)
  12. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (66)
  13. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (67)
  14. Sweet Southern Sugar - Kid Rock (74)
  15. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (79)
  16. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (80)
  17. Buried Treasure: Volume 1 - Jimmy Buffett (85)
  18. Wembley or Bust - Jeff Lynne's ELO (90)
  19. Precious Memories Collection - Alan Jackson (92)
  20. Ultimate Christmas - Frank Sinatra (94)
Elsewhere around the charts, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are at number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums and Frank Sinatra repeats on the Jazz Albums with Ultimate Christmas. The Various Album collection Roots of Blues tops the Blues Albums while, yes, Toby Keith is STILL number 1 on the Comedy Albums with The Bus Songs.

In Singles, the Foo Fighter's "The Sky is a Neighborhood" tops the Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock charts while Beck remains at number 1 on Triple A with "Up All Night".