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Tom Petty Set for Return to Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart Following Death

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers kick off their summer 2014 tour in support of  their latest album 'Hypnotic Eye' at Viejas Arena on Aug. 3, 2014 in San Diego, Calif.

It’s also expected he will impact rock songs charts next week with hits like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “American Girl.”

The late Tom Petty, who died on Monday, will be celebrated on next week’s Billboard charts with a number of the rock legend's albums set to return to the Billboard 200 tally as fans mourn his passing. Petty's 1993 Greatest Hits album, with his backing band The Heartbreakers, could re-enter the list straight into the top 10, with over 45,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5 (according to industry forecasters). 

Greatest Hits initially peaked at No. 5 in February of 1994. It’s one of a dozen top 10 albums for Petty, who earned his first (and so far only) No. 1 in 2014 with his final studio album, Hypnotic Eye.

Petty’s Greatest Hits is one of several albums by the rocker that could surge back onto the chart next week, alongside Wildflowers, the 2000 compilation Anthology: Through the YearsFull Moon Fever and Damn the Torpedoes.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Oct. 21-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Petty’s Greatest Hits could hit the top 10) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Oct. 8.

It’s also expected that Petty will impact a number of Billboard’s rock songs charts next week with hits like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “American Girl.”