Five Petty albums re-enter the chart, led by his “Greatest Hits” set.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits re-enters at No. 2 with 84,000 units (up 2,231 percent) earned in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 52,000 were in traditional album sales (up 3,407 percent). Greatest Hits initially peaked at No. 5 in February of 1994, following its release the previous year.
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 Oct. 21-dated chart (where Greatest Hits sits at No. 2) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Greatest Hits is Petty’s third album to peak at No. 2 on the chart, alongside Mojo (2010) and Damn the Torpedoes (1980). He hit No. 1 once, with Hypnotic Eye in 2014.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, Petty’s 1994 solo studio effort Wildflowers returns at No. 27 with 16,000 units (up 2,117 percent) and 7,000 copies sold (up 3,444 percent) and Petty and The Heartbreakers’ retrospective compilation Anthology: Through the Years re-enters at No. 32 with 14,000 units (up 2,058 percent) and 6,000 copies sold (up 3,833 percent). Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 1979 studio album, Damn the Torpedoes, re-enters at No. 122 (6,000 units; up 2,929 percent and 5,000 copies sold; up 3,244 percent) and Petty’s 1989 solo studio set, Full Moon Fever, returns at No. 127 (6,000 units; up 1,470 percent and 5,000 copies sold; up 1,813 percent).