It’s fitting that with the Rolling Stones having just wrapped their 50th anniversary concert tour, the band charts its 50th entry on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
Their new set, “Hyde Park Live,” debuts at No. 19 with 15,000 sold. The effort captures highlights from the band’s two shows at London’s Hyde Park on July 6 and 13. The 19-song set is exclusive to iTunes through Aug. 19.
“Hyde Park Live” is the Stones’ 11th concert set to chart on the Billboard 200. Their last live album, “Martin Scorsese: Shine a Light,” debuted and peaked at No. 11 on the April 19, 2008 chart. It doubled as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, directed by Scorsese.
“Hyde Park Live” also becomes the iconic act’s 45th top 40 entry on the Billboard 200, extending its record as the group with the most top 40 hits in history. In second place among groups is the Beatles, with 39 top 40 albums.
All but one of the Stones’ seven tours since 1989 have been commemorated by a corresponding live album. Only the No Security tour, which in itself was supporting a live album of the same name, doesn’t have its own dedicated live set. (Just to make things extra confusing, the album was culled from dates during the Bridges to Babylon Tour in 1997 and 1998.)
Artists with the most Top 40 albums on the Billboard 200:
Frank Sinatra, 56
Elvis Presley, 52
Barbra Streisand, 50
The Rolling Stones, 45
Bob Dylan, 43
The Beatles, 39
Elton John, 37
Neil Young, 37
Eric Clapton, 34
Rod Stewart, 32