The Union: Highest Elton John, Leon Russell Chart Debut Since Blue Moves, Carney

The return of The 22nd Row happily coincides with the return of Elton to the charts.  For those who care about this stuff, Elton and Leon will debut at #3 next week on Billboard’s Top Album chart.  The CD sold 80,000 units last week.  Hard to believe but this is the highest chart position for an album of new Elton material since Blue Moves came out in 1976.  Sugarland and Kings Of Leon are #1 and 2 respectively.

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Sugarland and Kings of Leon’s sets are two of seven new entries in the top 10 this week. Following them at No. 3 is Elton John and Leon Russell’s collaboration album, The Union (80,000).

For John, it’s the legend’s highest charting set since 1976’s Blue Moves peaked at No. 3. John last reached the top 10 with the greatest hits set Rocket Man: Number Ones in 2007, when it debuted and peaked at No. 9. And, with The Union’s 80,000 start, it marks John’s best sales week since December 2002, when Greatest Hits 1970-2002 shifted 108,000 over Christmas week. (Also impressive: The Union earns him his highest frame for a studio effort since The Big Picture bowed with 101,000 at No. 9 in 1997.) As for Russell, he last went higher with the No. 2 set Carney in 1972, which spent four weeks in the runner-up slot. It’s his highest charting set.

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