Bon Jovi, Bowie Lead Baby Boomer Brigade on Album Chart

Everything old is new as vets, including Eric Clapton, make the running

A slew of new releases from veteran acts gave the album chart a fresh look this week, with Bon Jovi (pictured) and David Bowie leading the old-timer pack.

For the week ending March 17, Bon Jovi’s Island release “What About Now” sold 101,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, notching the group its third straight No. 1 album, and fifth overall. Lagging slightly behind was Bowie, whose ISO/Columbia-released “The Next Day” moved 85,000 units. The Thin White Duke’s first studio album in a decade, “The Next Day’s” No. 2 bow makes it the highest-charting album of Bowie’s career, and his first album to land in the top 10 since 1983’s “Let’s Dance.”

Rounding out the Baby Boomer bows, Eric Clapton’s indie release “Old Sock” arrived in seventh place, selling 37,000 copies, and the RCA Records soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s docu “Sound City,” featuring Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney and Rick Springfield among others, topped out at No. 8, selling just slightly fewer. On the far opposite end of the generational divide, kiddie R&B quartet Mindless Behavior’s “All Around the World” just edged the two out for a No. 6 debut via Interscope.

Underscoring the increasing chart power of contemporary Christian music, live album “Passion: Let the Future Begin” debuted at No. 4 with 48,000 sold. Featuring a smorgasbord of Christian artists such as Chris Tomlin (whose “Burning Lights” topped the chart in January) and David Crowder, the Sixsteps Records release was recorded earlier this year at a massive collegiate revival concert in Atlanta.

Chart holdovers from last week include Luke Bryan’s “Spring Break…Here to Party” (No. 3), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 5), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 9) and Jimi Hendrix’s “People, Hell and Angels” (No. 10).

Justin Timberlake’s massively cross-promoted comeback record, “The 20/20 Experience,” was released via RCA yesterday, and will all but surely arrive atop next week’s tally.

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