Jimmy Buffett’s 1985 ‘Greatest Hit(s)’ Album Reaches Billboard 200 Top 10 for First Time

The late Jimmy Buffett, who died on Sept. 1, returns to the highest 5 of the Billboard 200 albums chart as his best-of assortment Songs You Know by Coronary heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Best Hit(s) re-enters the Sept. 16-dated checklist at No. 4. It marks the album’s highest rank ever — and first week within the high 10, and even high 40, courting to its launch in 1985 — and Buffett’s thirteenth high 10-charting album.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the preferred albums of the week within the U.S. primarily based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equal album items, compiled by Luminate. Items comprise album gross sales, monitor equal albums (TEA) and streaming equal albums (SEA). Every unit equals one album sale, or 10 particular person tracks offered from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The brand new Sept. 16, 2023-dated chart will probably be posted in full on Billboard‘s web site on Sept. 12. For all chart information, comply with @billboard and @billboardcharts on each Twitter and Instagram.

Within the monitoring week ending Sept. 7, Songs You Know by Coronary heart earned 52,000 equal album items (up 2,122%) following the singer-songwriter’s demise on Sept. 1 at age 76. It marks the thirteenth high 10-charting album for Billboard’s most well-known alumnus. Buffett was a Nashville-based reporter for Billboard in 1969-70, earlier than the discharge of his first album.

Of Songs You Know by Coronary heart’s 52,000 equal album items earned within the week ending Sept. 7, SEA items comprise 30,000 (up 1,377%, equaling 40.22 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 13 songs), album gross sales comprise 15,500 (up 6,826% — making it the top-selling album of the week) and TEA items comprise 6,500 (up 8,813%).

Songs You Know by Coronary heart accommodates Buffett’s solely Billboard Scorching 100 high 10-charting hit track, “Margaritaville,” which reached No. 8 in 1977. It additionally homes the highest 40-charting tunes “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday” and “Fins.”

Songs You Know by Coronary heart joins Buffett’s dozen earlier high 10s on the Billboard 200: Life On the Flip Aspect (No. 2 in 2020), Songs From St. Someplace (No. 4, 2013), Encores (No. 7, 2010), Take the Climate With You (No. 4, 2006), License to Chill (No. 1, 2004), Meet Me in Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett The Final Assortment (No. 9, 2003), Far Aspect of the World (No. 5, 2002), Seaside Home On the Moon (No. 8, 1999), Banana Wind (No. 4, 1996), Barometer Soup (No. 6, 1995), Fruitcakes (No. 5, 1994) and Son of a Son of a Sailor (No. 10, 1978).

Although Songs You Know by Coronary heart had a low-profile chart putting in 1985 — peaking at No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and spending 35 weeks on the checklist till this week’s return — the set was a sturdy vendor by means of the a long time. In 1989, the album was licensed platinum by the Recording Trade Affiliation of America (RIAA), recognizing 1 million items shipped of the album to retailers within the U.S. And since Luminate began electronically monitoring music gross sales in 1991, the album has earned 8.26 million equal album items — of which 7.14 million are in conventional album gross sales. Thus, if one combines the RIAA certification and the Luminate-era exercise, Billboard estimates that by means of the lifetime of the album within the U.S., it has earned 9.26 million equal album items, of which 8.14 million are in pure album gross sales.

The Billboard 200 could quickly welcome one other debut from Buffett. Shortly after his passing, it was introduced that his ultimate studio album, Equal Pressure on All Elements, is due Nov. 3. The album encompasses a notable lineup of collaborators, together with Emmylou Harris, Lennie Gallant, Angelique Kidjo, the Preservation Corridor Jazz Band and Paul McCartney.

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