Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart

Lucinda Williams
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Lucinda Williams performs on stage during The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration at DAR Constitution Hall on Jan. 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.  

Her new set, "The Ghosts of Highway 20," also starts at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums.

Lucinda Williams scores her fifth top five on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated Feb. 27), as The Ghosts of Highway 20 debuts at No. 3 with 16,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The new set also arrives at No. 1 on Folk Albums, marking Williams' second leader (after 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone), and No. 36 on the Billboard 200, where it's her eighth top 40 title, dating to her first, Essence, in 2001.

Beyond her own deep catalog, Williams is known for having written Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Passionate Kisses," which puckered up to No. 4 on Hot Country Songs, and crossed over to No. 11 on Adult Contemporary, in 1993.

Williams' new record is joined in the Top Rock Albums top 10 by two other debuts: NOW That's What I Call Power Ballad Hits compilation (No. 6, 11,000 sold) and DIIV's Is the Is Are (No. 9, 7,000 sold), the latter the Brooklyn rockers' first album to reach the ranking.

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Meanwhile, Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams bounds 6-1 Top Rock Albums, spending its fourth week atop the chart. Following the band's Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance Feb. 7, the set snags Greatest Gainer honors, selling 71,000 in the week ending Feb. 11, up 372 percent from its previous week's total of 15,000.


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