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Tom Petty Gets His First #1 Album On The Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.06.2014

Billboard reports that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have finally earned their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 after almost 37 years. Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies last week, which is the best debut sales week for Petty since Soundscan started tracking sales in 1991. It's also his best sales week overall since 1994, when his solo album Wildflowers sold 161,000 the week after Christmas.

The band first appeared on the chart in September 1977 with their self titled album (featuring songs like "Breakdown" and "American Girl"). However, the longest wait for an act to get to #1 belongs to Tony Bennett, who waited 54 years for his first #1 (2011's Duets II), after his first charted album Tony on February 23, 1957.

Sales for the album were helped by Petty's current tour. Those who bought at ticket to a concert could get the album included. Only albums that were redeemed count towards the charts, as many ticket buyers decline the album. Perry had a similar tactic for 2010's Mojo, which debuted and peaked at #2 with 125,000 in its first week. Other acts to use this strategy are Austin Mahone, Cher and Bon Jovi.

Debuting this week at #3 is the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy with 60,000. "The Awesome Mix Vol. 1" was originally heading to a 15,000 sales week but the movie changed that. IT features classic pop songs like Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling", which all play a role in the movie. They are on a mixtape given to Peter Quill by his late mother. James Gunn said in interviews that he used Billboard's 1970s charts to help him decide the songs.

1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (131,000)
2. Eric Clapton - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (61,000)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (60,000)
4. 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer (54,000)
5. Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes (48,000)
6. Frozen soundtrack (33,000)
7. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (30,000)
8. Theory of a Deadman - Savages (28,000)
9. Jenny Lewis - Voyager (24,000)
10. Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop 26 (20,000)

Album sales this week totaled 4.3 million copies, up 2% from last week (4.2 million) and down 15% compared to last year (5.1 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 142.1 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (166.3 million).


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