This week on the Billboard 200 album chart, John Mayer scores a very respectable No. 1 with 219,478 copies sold of his Born and Raised, the guitarist’s attempt at a record with a 1970s Laurel Canyon country-folk vibe. With lines about “looking for the song that Neil Young hummed after the gold rush in 1971″ and uncredited vocals from David Crosby and Graham Nash, Mayer’s Born and Raised makes a play for vintage authenticity.
Just three entries down at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 this week, an actual classic guitarist – Slash of Guns N’ Roses – debuts with his latest, Apocalyptic Love, which sold 37,580 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released May 22, the album is a more focused effort than the guitarist’s first solo album in 2010, which featured a number of vocalists (pop stars, Iggy, Ozzy, oh my!). Slash used just one singer, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy, for Apocalyptic Love, though Kennedy’s vocal range is easily that of several artists combined.
Former Commodores singer Lionel Richie is still dancing on the charts (probably more comfortable than the ceiling) with his Tuskegee, which comes in at No. 6 this week after dipping to No. 9 last week. The album, which consists of duets of Richie’s biggest hits reworked as Southern-fried duets with country stars, has sold 822,477 to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As revealed by Billboard last week, Tuskegee is now the second-biggest selling album of 2012, right behind Adele’s unflappable 21.
Further down the album chart at No. 22 is the Tedeschi Trucks Band, comprised of Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi, who released its second album last week. The live album featuring covers of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Harry Nilsson and more, titled Everybody’s Talkin’, sold 17,186 copies in its first week.
Some may be wondering why Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram reissue, which has gotten much praise in the week following its release, did not debut on the album chart this week. While the box set for the McCartneys’ 1971 album is eligible for charting on Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart, reissues are not eligible for the Billboard 200 album chart.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local