It only took them 37 years, but Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have finally debuted atop of the Billboard 200 with their latest release, Hypnotic Eye.
According to Billboard, the album sold 131,000 copies in its first week of sales. The band have been on a major promotional push for Hypnotic Eye, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, allowing MLB to use tracks from the album as part of their promotions and vignettes for the All-Star Game, in addition to doing a number of interviews for various music publications.
Petty and The Heartbreakers have good company with them in the number two spot, which is where Eric Clapton’s JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale finds itself debuting with 61,000 copies sold.
Most predicted that Petty and Clapton would be duking it out for the top spot, and regardless of their chart positions, I think we can all agree it’s nice to see some rock and blues at the top of the Billboard charts instead of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack or the debut album from pop-band de jour 5 Seconds of Summer.