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Chart Watch America: Digital Mega-Sales Push Led Zeppelin to Number 20


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The mega-sales at Amazon and Google Play are changing the face of the sales charts. Last week, Amazon was offering the formally 2-CD set Mothership by Led Zeppelin for just $2.99 and it obviously generated quite a few sales as the album jumped from 157 to 20 on the Album chart, becoming the biggest selling album for the week by a veteran artist. The sale also generated sales and a return to the charts for Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and George Harrison among others.


Four albums by veteran artists are new to the Albums chart this week led by Joe Jackson's salute to Duke Ellington, The Duke. It's his first trip to the top 200 in 21 years, going back to 1991's Laughter and Lust.

At 139 is the Flaming Lips collaboration album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, their best since 2010's Dark Side of the Moon cover.

Jerry Douglas has been to the Albums chart a number of times in the past with Alison Krauss and Union Station along with support on other albums, but has made it for the first time with an album under his own name. Traveler starts at 168. At 178 is the first appearance on the chart of the Bob Dylan album Super Hits.

Veteran Artist Index for July 14, 2012:


-574 (-16.5%)

Chart Date July 14, 2012

Top 200 Albums:

TW LW Title Artist

1 N Living Things Linkin Park

2 N Overexposed Maroon 5

3 1 Believe Justin Bieber

4 N Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Volume 2 Various Artists

5 N Write Me Back R. Kelly

20 157 Mothership Led Zeppelin

26 10 Clockwork Angels Rush

36 22 Tuskegee Lionel Richie

41 28 Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse

46 23 That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys

59 167 Greatest Hits Queen

65 R Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac

74 R Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

78 63 Slip Stream Bonnie Raitt

79 69 Analog Man Joe Walsh

80 R Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison George Harrison

93 N The Duke Joe Jackson

97 40 Greatest Hits Journey

99 113 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

108 101 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer

111 121 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston

113 R Number Ones Michael Jackson

123 78 Apocalyptic Love Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators

125 82 Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty

128 123 The Very Best of Beach Boys

The Veteran Artist Index tracks the impact of albums by veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200. Any album that is by or, in the case of soundtracks and various artists albums, have a majority of track by artists who have been recording for 25 years or more is included in the index. Points are awarded on a reverse basis with a number 1 album receiving 200 points and a number 200 album receiving 1 point.


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