pkeets at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 21 21:11:27 CDT 2004
Here's an interesting item. Of course, the mix of songs and performers on
Santana's SUPERNATURAL contributed greatly to his sales, and here's a case
where Buffett has done it, too. Whofans complain about "guests" at Who
shows, and IRON MAN seems to be Pete's least popular album, but could they
get by with guests on just one song? If so, who should they get? Eddie
Vedder? Kelly Jones? Anybody else?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Far from wasting away in Margaritaville, Jimmy
Buffett shot to the pinnacle of the U.S. pop charts on Wednesday as his
latest release, "License to Chill," became the first No. 1 album of his
The easygoing singer-songwriter, accenting his tropical beach-bum persona
with more of a country drawl, sold nearly 239,000 copies of "Chill" for the
week ended July 18, marking his biggest album debut ever, according to
His last seven albums all debuted in the top 10, but "License to Chill" was
the first of his 30-year-plus career to land at No. 1, SoundScan reported.
And it nearly doubled his previous best for a studio album, 1996's "Banana
Wind," which clinched sales of 124,000 copies its first week to open at No.
4. Last year's hits collection, "Meet Me in Margaritaville," bowed with
127,000 units sold but landed at No. 9.
The appeal of Buffett's latest effort obviously reached beyond his hard-core
base of "Parrothead" devotees thanks to contributions from several country
Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and George Strait all
teamed up with Buffett on the album's marquee single, a remake of Hank
Williams' classic "Hey, Good Lookin,"' which has become a country radio hit.
They and others, among them Martina McBride and Nanci Griffith, also appear
individually with Buffett on several other songs.
Buffett released his first album, "Down to Earth," in 1970, but achieved pop
stardom seven years later with the hit song "Margaritaville," his enduring
ode to a tequila-soaked lifestyle and lost love in the tropics. It was
featured on the album "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."
The catchy single helped cement his laid-back, Gulf Coast image and became
the cornerstone of a business empire as Buffett launched a Margaritaville
clothing line and opened the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West,
Buffett's latest recording success bumped rapper Lloyd Banks from the top of
the charts as his solo debut, "Hunger For More," slipped to No. 3 on
third-week sales of 111,000 copies. Usher, meanwhile, held steady at No. 2
for a sixth week with his blockbuster release, "Confessions," which has
logged sales of 4.8 million copies to date.
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