Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence
Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts!
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine, as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Shelton's effort was one of five debuts in the top 10.
Of course, there was lots of chart action elsewhere on the chart. Let's take a closer look:
– Herb Alpert, In the Mood - No. 172 – The legendary Herb Alpert -- who has earned five No. 1 albums in the 1960s -- returns to the Billboard 200 for the first time in 27 years as his new album, In the Mood, as it debuts at No. 147. He last appeared on the list with 1987’s Keep Your Eye on Me, which peaked at No. 18 and spent its final week on the tally on Oct. 17 of that year.
Alpert's new effort sold 2,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and also debuts at No. 2 on Traditional Jazz Albums. That’s his second top 10 Jazz set in a row, following 2013’s Steppin' Out, featuring Lani Hall, which hit No. 10.
Keep Your Eye On Me was released on the label Alpert co-founded, A&M, and supported by his top five Billboard Hot 100 hit "Diamonds." That track climbed to No. 5 on June 20, 1987, and was produced and written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. (It also featured A&M's then-biggest star, Janet Jackson, on vocals.)
– Melissa Etheridge, This Is M.E. - No. 21 – The rock veteran's first independently released album, after spending her entire 26-plus year career on Island Records, also debuts at No. 2 on the Independent Albums chart (14,000 sold).
— Soundtrack, Frozen: The Songs - No. 30 – A new permutation of the Frozen soundtrack arrives with 11,000 sold. The set includes only the songs from the film, without the score. Unlike the original release of the album, which included both the score and songs, and spent 13 weeks at No. 1.
— Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company - No. 47 – Reissued for its 10th anniversary (with liner notes by Billboard's own senior correspondent Gail Mitchell), the former No. 1 and winner of the Grammy Award for album of the year, returns with 7,000 sold (up 1,976 percent).
— Michael W. Smith, The Spirit of Christmas – No. 80 — The Spirit of Christmas is the first new holiday album to debut on the list this year, selling 4,000 and also entering at No. 5 on Christian Albums. Billboard's seasonal Top Holiday Albums chart will return next week, reflecting the sales week ending Oct. 12).
— Bryan Adams, Tracks of My Years - No. 89 – The rocker's covers album starts with 4,000, and is his first chart entry since 2008's 11 hit No. 80. Adams' only No. 1 album, Reckless, celebrates the 30th anniversary of its chart debut in November, and will be re-released in an expanded deluxe edition on Nov. 25.
— Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl (Soundtrack) — No. 111 — This soundtrack (3,000 sold) from the Academy Award-winning duo is the third they've scored for a David Fincher-directed film. It follows The Social Network (it peaked at No. 20 in 2010) and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (No. 44; 2012).