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MercyMe Takes Top Selling Veteran Artist Album; Jack White Has Third Biggest Drop From Number 1

by VVN Music

It was a very slow week on the Albums chart for veteran artists with Christian veterans MercyMe taking the top album by an older act with I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe.

I Can Only Imagine is a true anomaly on the charts in an era where albums normally peak in their first week and then make major drops in their second and third week (more on that later). Imagine debuted five weeks ago and has been moving UP the Billboard 200 every week with a new peak at 23.

Another Christian artist, Andrew Peterson, has the highest debuting album by a veteran artist with Resurrection Letters, Volume 1 which opens at 126. This is, amazingly, the third edition in the series with Resurrection Letters, Volume 2 reaching 128 in 2008 and an EP, Resurrection Letters: Prologue, coming out earlier this year.

The only other debut by a veteran artist for the week goes to Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite and their second album together, No Mercy in This Land. Their first, 2013's Get Up!, went to number 27 while the new one starts at 132.

No Mercy in This Land also takes number 1 on the Blues Albums.

Last week's number 1 album, Boarding House Reach by Jack White, has taken the third biggest fall from the top of the charts in history, going to number 62 this week.  Only Brand New's Science Fiction (2017 / 1 to 97) and Bon Jovi's This House is Not For Sale (2018 / 1 to 169), had worse performances.  The album does continue to top the Tastemakers chart.

The second highest debuting veteran artist album last week, Toni Braxton's Sex & Cigarettes drops from 22 to 182 in its second week.

Elsewhere, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn retake number 1 on the Bluegrass Albums chart with Echo in the Valley while Miles Davis and John Coltrane are at the top of the Jazz Albums with The Final Tour: Bootleg Series, Vol. 6.

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. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe - MercyMe (23)
  2. Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake (27)
  3. Boarding House Reach - Jack White (62)
  4. Revival - Eminem (67)
  5. Diamonds - Elton John (72)
  6. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (78)
  7. Greatest Hits - Queen (82)
  8. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (85)
  9. The Eminem Show - Eminem (92)
  10. Metallica - Metallica (94)
  11. 1 - Beatles (99)
  12. Jesus Christ Superstar - Original Concept Album (100)
  13. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (104)
  14. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (105)
  15. Precious Moments Collection - Alan Jackson (108)
  16. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (109)
  17. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (114)
  18. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (115)
  19. The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel (118)
  20. Resurrection Letters, Volume 1 - Andrew Peterson (126)
On the Singles chart, Maroon 5 once again have the highest charting track by a veteran artist as Wait moves 26 to 30.

In addition, Charlie Wilson is at number 1 on the Adult R&B chart with "Chills" while Daddy Yankee has capitalized on his smash hit from last summer with Luis Fonsi, "Despacito", but taking a new track, "Dura", to the top of the Latin Airplay, and Pop Airplay charts.  The previously mentioned "Despacito" is still number 1 on Hot Latin Songs, Latin Digital Song Sales and Latin Streaming Songs.