Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day
The Beatles top Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time with Long Tall Sally, a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The limited-edition four-song 7" reissue also starts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums, selling 6,000 copies (all on vinyl) in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Music.
On the Billboard 200, the EP launches at No. 195, giving the Fab Four its 59th charting album, and third of 2014. It follows The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 (No. 172, Jan. 4) and The U.S. Albums (No. 48, Feb. 8). The new EP's title track is a cover of Little Richard's 1956 classic "Long Tall Sally" and was originally released in the U.K. by the Beatles in 1964. Paul McCartney sings lead on the title cut, while three more tunes round out the set: John Lennon leads the original track "I Call Your Name" and a cover of Larry Williams' "Slow Down," while Ringo Starr sings a reworking of Carl Perkins' "Matchbox." ("Sally" was covered by another rock band in 1964: The Kinks released a cover of it as their first single.)
Speaking of the Beatles, a remake of one of their iconic songs debuts on Hot Rock Songs. NBC's The Voice contestant Taylor John Williams' cover of "Come Together" starts at No. 11 with 19,000 downloads sold. The Beatles' original peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 45 years ago (Nov. 29, 1969). The song returned to the Hot 100 in 1970 when Ike & Tina Turner covered the track (reaching No. 57) and again thanks to an Aerosmith redux in 1978 (No. 23). This is Williams' second entry on Hot Rock Songs; his version of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" hit No. 18 four weeks ago.
Fellow Voice contestant Matt McAndrew also enters Hot Rock Songs, as his cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" starts at No. 13 (17,000 sold). The original rose to No. 3 on Adult Alternative Songs in 2005. Last week, McAndrew started at No. 8 on Hot Rock Songs with a cover of Hozier's "Take Me to Church."
On Top Rock Albums, Circa Survive's Decensus starts at No. 6 with 19,000 sold. The set also debuts at No. 50 on the Billboard 200. The Philadelphia band's previous release, 2012's Violent Waves, debuted at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums and No. 15 on the Billboard 200 with 17,000 sold. Another hard rock band arrives, as Attila's Guilty Pleasure bows at No. 7 on Top Rock Albums and No. 54 on the Billboard 200 (18,000). The group's previous release, 2013's About That Life, started at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums and No. 22 on the Billboard 200 (14,000).