The October 2 death of Tom Petty has inspired music fans to buy more copies of the rock legend’s recordings, including his 1993 Greatest Hits compilation with his band The Heartbreakers, which has reentered the Billboard 200 chart at #2. The album moved 84,000 units during the past week, 52,000 of which were from traditional album sales.
Interestingly, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits previously peaked at #5 on the chart back in 1994. The album is Petty’s best-selling record, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.
Several other Petty albums — with or without The Heartbreakers — also reentered the Billboard 200 this past week: the 1994 solo effort Wildflowers, at #27; the 2000 compilation Anthology: Through the Years, at #32; 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes, at #122; and the 1989 solo smash Full Moon Fever, at #127.
Petty’s highest-charting album ever was his 2014 release with The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200. Two other Petty and the Heartbreakers albums peaked at #2 — Damn the Torpedoes and 2010’s Mojo.
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