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Bon Jovi Breaks Chart Drop Record For Second Time; Joan Baez Has Highest Charting in 41 Years

by VVN Music

When Bon Jovi's This House is Not For Sale went back to the number 1 spot last week, we predicted that it would set a new record for the biggest drop from the number 1 spot in history.

We were right but we never imagined how big that drop would be.

When This House is Not For Sale was released in November 2016, it shot to number 1 but dropped down to 43 the next week which, at the time, was a record.  Since then, three albums have broken that record, LCD Soundsystem's American Dream (1 to 56), The Killers' Wonderful Wonderful (1 to 59) and Brand New's Science Fiction (1 to 97).

Last week, Bon Jovi went back to number 1, 16 months after the album's original release, on the strength of redeemed albums from ticket sales for their upcoming tour.  It was obvious that the redemptions were not going to sustain a high chart position but it's doubtful that anyone would foresee that the album would fall from 1 to 169, shattering all previous records. This is one record that the band might hold for a good, long time.

With the demise of Bon Jovi's album, it puts Justin Timberlake into the position of retaking the top selling/streaming album by a veteran artist.  Man of the Woods, now in it's fifth charting week, drops just from 11 to 12.

The highest debut by a veteran artist goes to the Breeders whose All Nerve starts at 79. Only their fifth album since their 1990 debut, it becomes their second highest charting after Last Splash (1993 / #33).  All Never is also number 1 on the Tastemakers Albums.

Joan Baez has her highest charting album in 41 years with Whistle Down the Wind which premiers at 104.  The last to do as well was Blowin' Away (1977 / #54). In her career, Baez has released 25 studio albums, five of which went to the top twenty and only one, Farewell, Angelina (1965 / #10) hit the top ten.

MercyMe's new compilation, I Can Only Imagine: The Best of MercyMe, opens at 118. It's the second hits collection of their career (not counting a Playlist release) and falls well short of the first, 10 (2009 / #18). The album is also at number 1 on the Christian Albums chart.

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. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (12)
  2. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (32)
  3. Revival - Eminem (37)
  4. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (53)
  5. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (67)
  6. Diamonds - Elton John (75)
  7. All Nerve - Breeders (79)
  8. Metallica - Metallica (81)
  9. Greatest Hits - Queen (84)
  10. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (86)
  11. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (88)
  12. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (94)
  13. 1 - Beatles (95)
  14. Mothership - Led Zeppelin (97)
  15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (101)
  16. Whistle Down the Wind - Joan Baez (104)
  17. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (112)
  18. Thriller - Michael Jackson (113)
  19. Chronicles: 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (114)
  20. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe - MercyMe (118)
Tracey Thorn, the lead singer from Everything But the Girl is at number 1 on the Heatseekers Albums with Record while Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa are at the top of the Blues Albums and Miles Davis and John Coltrane head the Jazz Albums with The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960. The number 1 Reggae Album is A Real Labour of Love by UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.

On the Hot 100, Jay-Z and Beyonce debut at 22 in support of DJ Khaled on "Top Off" while Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton drop 29 to 32 with "Say Something".