In the wake of his March 18 death at the age of 90, Chuck Berry has returned to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart. The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s 2005 compilation The Definitive Collection has reached #33 on the tally after earning 13,000 units in in physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales, 6,000 of which were traditional album sales.
The last time Berry album that made it into the top 40 of the Billboard 200 was The London Chuck Berry Sessions, which featured the chart-topping novelty tune “My Ding-a-Ling.” The London Chuck Berry Sessions peaked at #8 in October 1972.
The Definitive Collection features 30 tracks, including “My Ding-a-Ling” and such Berry classics as “Maybellene,” “Roll over Beethoven,” “School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell),” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Back in the U.S.A.,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.”
As previously reported, a new Berry studio album called Chuck is scheduled to be released June 16.
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