Barry Gibb’s all-star collaborations album Barry Gibb & Friends: Greenfields – The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 debuts at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Jan. 23), after selling 24,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data. It’s Gibb’s best sales week as a soloist since MRC Data began tracking music sales in 1991.
The set, which features Gibb reinterpreting classic Gibb brothers-penned songs alongside such acts as Jason Isbell, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Dolly Parton and Keith Urban, also bows at No. 3 on Top Country Albums and No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums. It’s his first visit to both charts.
Greenfields also enters at No. 15 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking Gibb’s highest-charting solo album ever, and first top 40-charting set.
Among the songs covered on Greenfields are the top 10-charting Billboard Hot 100 hits “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” “Too Much Heaven,” “Jive Talkin’” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” all of which were written by Barry and his late brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. The new Jan. 23-dated Album Sales chart (where Greenfields bows at No. 2) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 20. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
As for the rest of the top 10 on the latest Top Album Sales chart, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, enters at No. 1 with 74,000 copies sold. The set also launches atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart.
Taylor Swift’s former No. 1s Evermore and Folklore are Nos. 3 and 4 on the Top Album Sales chart, down from Nos. 1 and 2 a week ago, with 14,000 sold (down 8%) and 10,000 sold (down 4%), respectively.
Harry Styles’ previous leader Fine Line falls 4-5 with 8,000 sold (down 12%), NCT’s Resonance, Pt. 1 descends 3-6 with 7,500 (down 23%) and Jazmine Sullivan’s new album Heaux Tales bows at No. 7 with 7,000 sold. The latter also starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart.
Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over falls 6-8 on Top Album Sales with 6,500 (down 11%), Paul McCartney’s former No. 1 McCartney III drops 5-9 with 6,000 (down 35%) and the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 rises 12-10 with 5,000 sold (down 9%).