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Six-Year-Old Michael Buble Album is Top Veteran Release While 23-Year-Old Mariah Carey Single Hits the Top 10 For the First Time

by VVN Music

A six-year-old holiday album by Michael Buble is the top selling album by a veteran artist this week as Christmas comes in at number 9.

As would be expected, it's a big week for a number of older holiday sets from the likes of Mariah Carey, Vince Guaraldi, Reba McEntire and Elvis Presley as they appear all over the chart.

Last week's number 1 album, U2's Songs of Experience, suffered an 80-plus percent drop in sales in its second week, dropping to number 13 for the week while last week's other debut, the Rolling Stones' On Air, fell from 47 to 107. Songs of Experience stays at number 1 on the Rock and Alternative Albums chart and On Air once again tops the Tastemakers chart.

As far as new music by veteran artists this week, Barbra Streisand debuts at 69 with The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic: Live in Concert. For Streisand, it is one of the lowest charting albums of her career, studio, live or compilations.  Of her 35 studio albums, only A Christmas Album (1967 / #108) fared worse while, of her seven live sets, the only one that peaked lower was 2013's Back to Brooklyn which didn't make the Billboard 200. A shortened version of her live album The Concert (1994 / #10), also charted lower (1995 / #81) although it is considered a secondary release.

The Beatles' Abbey Road is the number 1 Vinyl Album for the week while Garth Brooks' The Anthology: Part 1 tops Independent Albums. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers head the Bluegrass Albums with The Long-Awaited Album and, over on the Hard Rock Albums, it's the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. Finally, A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is the number 1 Kids and Soundtrack Albums and Ultimate Christmas by Frank Sinatra sits atop the Jazz Albums.

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. Christmas - Michael Buble (9)
  2. The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years Garth Brooks (12)
  3. Songs of Experience - U2 (13)
  4. You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani (16)
  5. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (19)
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (28)
  7. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (39)
  8. Ultimate Christmas - Frank Sinatra (42)
  9. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (45)
  10. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (47)
  11. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (52)
  12. The Rest of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (54)
  13. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (57)
  14. These Are the Days - Celine Dion (61)
  15. The Best of Bing Crosby: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection - Bing Crosby (63)
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (65)
  17. The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic: Live in Concert - Barbra Streisand (69)
  18. Everyday is Christmas - Sia (70)
  19. Christmas Classics - Bing Crosby (73)
  20. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (75)
On the Singles chart, Mariah Carey has scored a new high for her holiday perennial "All I Want For Christmas is You". Originally released in 1994, the song has made the top ten for the first time, coming in this week at number 9.

Other older hits on this week's Hot 100 include:

  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (#34)
  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams (#35)
  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (#38)
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives (#41)
  • Last Christmas - Wham! (#44)
Elsewhere, Sia is number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Santa's Coming For Us" and Brenda Lee has the chart topping Country Streaming Song with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".  On Alternative Songs, it's once again Beck with "Up All Night" and Mainstream Rock is headed by Foo Fighters with "The Sky is a Neighborhood".