The late Chuck Berry ranks in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in more than 40 years, as the rock and roll legend, who died on March 18, debuts at No. 33 on the April 8-dated list with the greatest hits compilation The Definitive Collection.
The set marks Berry’s first visit to the top 40 -- and his highest-charting album -- since 1972. That year, his The London Chuck Berry Sessions (which includes his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 novelty hit “My Ding-a-Ling”) spent 20 weeks in the top 40, peaking at No. 8 on the Oct. 28, 1972-dated chart.
The Definitive Collection, released in 2005, earned 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 23 (up from a negligible amount in the previous week), according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 6,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 8, 2017-dated chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, March 28. As previously reported, Drake's More Life blasts in atop the list with 505,000 equivalent album units.
The Definitive Collection marks Berry’s first visit to the Billboard 200 since 2012, when another hits package, The Best of Chuck Berry: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection spent four weeks on the list, peaking at No. 194. The Definitive Collection boasts Berry’s familiar hit singles like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “No Particular Place to Go” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”