Nearly four decades after the release of their first album, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have scored their first No. 1 collection.
The Florida-bred, L.A.-based rock band’s new Warner Bros. set “Hypnotic Eye” attained the top slot with first-week sales of 131,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Aug. 3. The iconic group had previously reached a peak of No. 2 twice — 31 years apart — with “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979) and their last release “Mojo” (2010). “Hypnotic Eye,” which was the only album to sell more than 100,000 last week, is the group’s (lucky) 13th studio release.
Petty can also claim a piece of the week’s No. 2 album, Eric Clapton & Friends’ “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale” (Bushbranch), which shifted 61,000. Clapton’s homage to the late Oklahoma musician Cale, who penned the British singer-guitarist’s hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” features such other stars such as Petty, Willie Nelson and Mark Knopfler. Clapton’s collaboration with Cale, “The Road to Escondido,” peaked at No. 23 in 2006. Cale died in July 2013.
Completing an old-school trifecta last week was “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” the soundtrack for the Disney/Marvel superhero hit, which arrived at No. 3 with 60,000 sold. The album includes familiar ‘60s and ‘70s hits by Blue Swede, the Raspberries, David Bowie, the Runaways, the Jackson 5 and others. Pic has grossed $106 million to date.
Three other titles made milder top-10 debuts. Social media darling Shawn Mendes moved in at No. 5 with his self-titled Island EP, which sold 48,000. The 15-year-old Canadian vocalist made a name for himself last year by posting viral clips of his performances on the social media site Vine.
Canadian alternative rock quartet Theory of a Deadman made their second appearance in the U.S. top 10 with “Savages” (Roadrunner), which debuted at No. 8 with a 28,000-unit frame. The band ascended to the same chart rung in 2011 with “The Truth Is….”
Former Rilo Kiley lead vocalist Jenny Lewis attained her highest solo chart position ever with “The Voyager” (Warner Bros.), which bowed at No. 9 with 24,000 shifted. The vocalist’s previous title “Acid Tongue” (2008) topped out at No. 24.
Holding over were 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled album (No. 4, 54,000 sold, off 79%), the “Frozen” soundtrack” (No. 6, 33,000, down 10%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 7, 30,000, off 5%) and Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 26” (No. 10, 20,000, down 24%).
New releases by Godsmack and Spoon will contend for top chart positions next week.
by Christopher Morris