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Elton John & Bernie Taupin Tribute Albums Both Start in the Albums Top Forty

by VVN Music

Seven albums by or associated with veteran artists debut this week on the American Albums chart with four of them being various artists efforts.

The highest charting, both debut and veteran album overall, goes to Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin which includes versions of John's songs by the likes of Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip, Queens of the Stone Age and Elton himself.  The album debuts at number 13 while a companion, country oriented, set, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin opens at 36. The latter set includes performances by Don Henley and Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson.

The soundtrack to the NBC live production of Jesus Christ Superstar debuts at 46 on the strength of digital sales as the CD won't be out until a week from Friday while Johnny Cash: Forever Words, with new songs from the poems and lyrics of Johnny Cash by a number of veteran and modern artists, opens at 66.

As for actual performer debuts, Kylie Minogue premiers as 64 with Golden, a big drop from her last two studio efforts, Aphrodite (2010 / #19) and Kiss Me Once (2014 / #31).

At 141 is The Shadow Theory by Kamelot, the fourth of their twelve studio albums to chart in the U.S. but the lowest of those four. 2010's Poetry For the Poisoned is their highest charting, going to 74.

Finally, another Elvis Presley compilation, this one in the guise of a documentary soundtrack, starts at 145 with Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

Elsewhere, the Top Gospel Album is Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love while Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are at the top of the Blues Albums with No Mercy in This Land and Miles Davis and John Coltrane top the Jazz Albums with The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960.

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. Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Various Artists (13)
  2. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe - MercyMe (25)
  3. Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Various Artists (36)
  4. Diamonds - Elton John (37)
  5. Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert, The NBC Television Event - Various Artists (46)
  6. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (50)
  7. Red Pill Blues - Maroon 5 (55)
  8. Golden - Kylie Minogue (64)
  9. Johnny Cash: Forever Words - Various Artists (66)
  10. Revival - Eminem (81)
  11. Greatest Hits - Queen (84)
  12. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (86)
  13. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (87)
  14. Metallica - Metallica (95)
  15. The Eminem Show - Eminem (99)
  16. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (108)
  17. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (110)
  18. 1 - Beatles (118)
  19. Icon: Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (120)
  20. Lifer - MercyMe (123)
Maroon 5 once again have the highest charting Single by a veteran artists but "Wait" has dropped from 30 to 35. Moby debuts at 65 in support of A$AP Rocky on "A$AP Forever" while Kenny Chesney premiers at 85 with "Get Along".

Crystal Waters has her twelfth Dance chart number one with "I Am House" with Sted-E and Hybrid Heights. Charley Wilson is at the top of the Adult R&B chart for another week with "Chills" while also at the helm of the Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Digital Song Sales charts with "I'm Blessed"