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Garth Brooks Stays at Number 4 With New Anthology; Christmas Albums by Veteran Artists Dominate

by VVN Music

The Christmas album, the staple of every music store from Thanksgiving through the December holidays, are hitting the charts big time this year.

Of the twenty biggest albums this week by veteran artists, eleven are holiday titles but it's Garth Brooks that has the biggest selling album of the week by a veteran artist with his new The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years which holds at number 4.

The Anthology: Part 1 is also the number 1 on the Country and Independent Albums charts.

Moving into the top ten, up from 23 last week, is the first of the Christmas sets, Michael Buble's Christmas.  Other holiday music comes from Gwen Stefani (23), Mariah Carey (31), Reba McEntire (49), Frank Sinatra (54), Nat King Cole (60), Sia (68) and two from Elvis Presley, It's Christmas Time at 66 and the brand new Elvis Christmas With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 73.

The biggest debut by a veteran this week goes to Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds with Who Built the Moon.  Starting at 48, its the lowest chart position of his three solo albums with 2011's Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds peaking at 28 and 2015's Chasing Yesterday hitting 35.

Bjork opens at 75 with her Utopia, her lowest charting studio album ever in the U.S.  Her previous worst was 1993's Debut which peaked at 61. Her seven albums between those two releases all went to the top thirty.

Latin superstar Luis Miguel premiers at 184 with MEXICO Por Siempre!, making it the lowest charting of his twelve studio albums that has made the Billboard 200.  His previous low was Aries (1993 / #182) while his best was Complices (2008 / #10).

Weird Al Yankovic debuts at 185 with Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of Weird Al Yankovic, the massive new box set with all of his releases over the years. It is also the number 1 Comedy Album.

The last debut goes to Perry Como whose The Classic Christmas Album debuts at 196.

The Eagles' Hotel California returns to the charts 44 on the strength of the new Deluxe Editions of the album.

Last week's number 20 debut, Morrissey's Low in High School, has fallen off the Billboard 200 in its second week while the new Green Day hits package drops 39 to 100.  New albums last week by Iron Maiden, Jimmy Buffett and Jeff Lynne's ELO have also dropped off the charts.

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 Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years Garth Brooks (4)
  2. Christmas - Michael Buble (9)
  3. The Rest of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (20)
  4. You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani (23)
  5. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (31)
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (41)
  7. Hotel California (including the Deluxe Edition) - Eagles (44)
  8. Who Built the Moon - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (48)
  9. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (49)
  10. Ultimate Christmas - Frank Sinatra (54)
  11. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (60)
  12. Diamonds - Elton John (63)
  13. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (66)
  14. Everyday is Christmas - Sia (68)
  15. These Are the Days - Celine Dion (72)
  16. Elvis Christmas With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Elvis Presley (73)
  17. Utopia - Bjork (75)
  18. I Knew You When - Bob Seger (77)
  19. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (79)
  20. Sweet Southern Sugar - Kid Rock (82)
On other charts, Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas is at the top of both the Vinyl and Soundtrack Albums and Bela Fleck and Abagail Washburn are number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums for a second week. On the Hard Rock Albums, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra leads with The Ghosts of Christmas Eve and Joe Bonamassa controls the Blues Albums with Live at the Greek Theatre. Finally, Frank Sinatra's Ultimate Sinatra tops the Jazz Albums.

In singles, Garth Brooks tops the Country Airplay with "Ask Me How I Know" and Beck now heads both the Alternative and AAA Songs charts with "Up All Night". The Foo Fighters are at number 1 on Mainstream Rock with "The Sky is a Neighborhood".