Ed Note: Fred Bronson is on vacation. A new column will be posted here on Monday, Oct. 4.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Sheryl Crow has a new entry on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with a cover of A.P. Carter’s “No Depression in Heaven,” from the Dualtone album “The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family.”
The Carter Family sold hundreds of thousands of records and made over 270 recordings between being discovered by music publisher Ralph Peer in 1927 and the act’s breakup in 1943.
Billboard started publishing a country singles chart in January 1944. The week of Jan. 29, 1944, Gene Autry’s cover of A.P. Carter’s “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” debuted, eventually peaking at No. 3.
With a Carter Family copyright charting in 1944, the legacy of the premier family of country music now extends over a period of 60 years, thanks to Crow’s recording.
FEARS FACTOR: A reunited Tears For Fears has its highest-ranking album on The Billboard 200 in 11 years. “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending” (New Door/UME) is a new entry at No. 46. That tops the No. 79 debut and peak of the last Tears For Fears set to chart, “Raoul and the Kings of Spain,” in October 1995.
“Happy Ending” almost equals the No. 45 debut and peak of “Elemental” in July 1993. In its first week, the new CD is already the fourth-highest ranked Tears For Fears album, behind “Songs from the Big Chair” (No. 1 for eight weeks in 1985), “The Seeds of Love” (No. 8 in 1989) and “Elemental.”
MORE MEGA: Tears For Fears isn’t the only band back with a chart album after an absence. Megadeth hasn’t been away quite as long. “The System Has Failed” (Sanctuary) opens at No. 18. That’s just two rungs lower than the No. 16 peak of the group’s last entry, “The World Needs a Hero,” in 2001.
The highest-charting Megadeth album is “Countdown to Extinction,” which peaked at No. 2 in 1992.
‘HAPPY’ AT LAST: The only new entry in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 is “My Happy Ending” (RCA) by Avril Lavigne. While it’s not the “ending” of hits from her second album, “Under My Skin,” it is the first top 10 hit from the CD. “Don’t Tell Me” peaked at No. 22 in June. “My Happy Ending” advances 13-9 this week.