Album sales

L. Bird pkeets at
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 
Nielsen SoundScan.

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 
music stars.

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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