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Eminem's Seventh Week as Top Selling Veteran Artist, Grateful Dead Put Another Live Set in Top Thirty

by VVN Music

It's now seven straight weeks for Eminem having the highest charting album in the U.S. by a veteran artist.

This week, Revival drops from 14 to 16, and impressively small fall for any artist whose album has been out for almost two months, not to mention one who has been releasing music for 22 years. His long stay as the top selling veteran has been due to a combination of a huge fan base and the fact that there are have been few releases of note since December.

The highest debuting album by a veteran artist goes to the Grateful Dead and another of their long line of archival live recording, Dave's Picks, Volume 25: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton which starts at 27.

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa have a bit of a disappointing start at number 63 with Black Coffee, especially after top ten debuts in England and a number of European countries.  For some reason, their collaborations, of which there have been four so far, have not seen acceptance in the U.S. as in the rest of the world.  Their 2013 album Seesaw is the highest charting at 47 while Live in Amsterdam peaked at 87 in 2014 and 2011's Don't Explain only made 120.  This extremely talented pair of artists deserves much better.

As a consolation, Hart & Bonamassa do take the number 1 spot on the Blues Albums.

Machine Head also don't do well with their new album, Catharsis, which starts at 65. That's their lowest charting album in almost fifteen years and well below their last two entries, Unto the Locust (2011 / #22) and Bloodstone & Diamonds (2014 / #21).

Jay-Z, who was honored during Grammy week, jumps back on the chart at 84 with 4:44 while U2, who fell off the Billboard 200 after a very short run for their album Songs of Experience, return at 165 after performing on the Grammys show.

Black Label Society, who debuted last week at 29 with Grimmest Hits, fell out of the Top 200 as did They Might Be Giants who started last week at 108.

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. Revival - Eminem (16)
  2. Dave's Picks, Volume 25: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton - Grateful Dead (27)
  3. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (33)
  4. Diamonds - Elton John (36)
  5. Live in No Shoes Nation - Kenny Chesney (58)
  6. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (61)
  7. Black Coffee - Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (63)
  8. Catharsis - Machine Head (65)
  9. All-Time Greatest Hits - Neil Diamond (76)
  10. 4:44 - Jay-Z (84)
  11. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (86)
  12. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (88)
  13. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen (95)
  14. Precious Memories Collection - Alan Jackson (113)
  15. Thriller - Michael Jackson (119)
  16. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (121)
  17. The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel (122)
  18. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (127)
  19. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (128)
  20. Chronicles: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (132)
On the Hot 100, Justin Timberlake and country phenom Chris Stapleton debut at 9 with "Say Something".  The track also tops the Digital Song Sales chart. In addition, Justin is at 51 with "Filthy".

A 54 year record by the Beatles was also tied this week as Migos has placed fourteen tracks on the Hot 100.  That ties the Beatles record as the most for a group that they set on April 11, 1964.  The all-time record goes to Drake who had 24 out of the top 100 on April 8, 2017.

Beck is again at number one on the Rock Airplay chart with "Up All Night" while Toni Braxton tops the Dance Club Songs with "Coping".