The second highest debut by a veteran artist on the Billboard chart in the USA this week goes to The Cult with Choice of Weapon.
The album’s number 36 start is the best for a new studio album by the group since 1991′s Ceremony. It also debuts at 17 on the Rock Albums. (Watch the Noise11.com interview with Billy Duffy from The Cult here).
After seven weeks, Lionel Richie has finally been knocked out as the veteran artist with the top selling album as Slash debuts at number 4 with Apocalyptic Love. On the Rock Albums, it premiers at number 2. Early word, though, is that Richie will retake that spot next week.
The last debut of the week goes to Joey Ramone and his second posthumous release, …Ya Know? It premiers at 180 on the Top 200. Ramone died in 2001 and his 2002 album, Don’t Worry About Me, premiered at 109.
The death of Robin Gibb brought three Bee Gees albums back to the charts, Ultimate (#49), Number Ones (#70) and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (#168)
On the country albums, the Oak Ridge Boys start at 29 with Back Home Again: Gospel Favorites.