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The mega-sales at Amazon and Google Play are changing the face of the sales charts. Last week, Amazon was offering the formally 2-CD set Mothership by Led Zeppelin for just $2.99 and it obviously generated quite a few sales as the album jumped from 157 to 20 on the Album chart, becoming the biggest selling album for the week by a veteran artist. The sale also generated sales and a return to the charts for Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and George Harrison among others.

Four albums by veteran artists are new to the Albums chart this week led by Joe Jackson's salute to Duke Ellington, The Duke. It's his first trip to the top 200 in 21 years, going back to 1991's Laughter and Lust.

At 139 is the Flaming Lips collaboration album, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, their best since 2010's Dark Side of the Moon cover.

Jerry Douglas has been to the Albums chart a number of times in the past with Alison Krauss and Union Station along with support on other albums, but has made it for the first time with an album under his own name. Traveler starts at 168. At 178 is the first appearance on the chart of the Bob Dylan album Super Hits.

Chart Date July 14, 2012

Top 200 Albums:

TW LW Title Artist
1 N Living Things Linkin Park
2 N Overexposed Maroon 5
3 1 Believe Justin Bieber
4 N Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Volume 2 Various Artists
5 N Write Me Back R. Kelly
20 157 Mothership Led Zeppelin
26 10 Clockwork Angels Rush
36 22 Tuskegee Lionel Richie
41 28 Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse
46 23 That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys
59 167 Greatest Hits Queen
65 R Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac
74 R Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
78 63 Slip Stream Bonnie Raitt
79 69 Analog Man Joe Walsh
80 R Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison George Harrison
93 N The Duke Joe Jackson
97 40 Greatest Hits Journey
99 113 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys
108 101 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer
111 121 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston
113 R Number Ones Michael Jackson
123 78 Apocalyptic Love Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
125 82 Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty
128 123 The Very Best of Beach Boys

The Veteran Artist Index tracks the impact of albums by veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200. Any album that is by or, in the case of soundtracks and various artists albums, have a majority of track by artists who have been recording for 25 years or more is included in the index. Points are awarded on a reverse basis with a number 1 album receiving 200 points and a number 200 album receiving 1 point.

From: Vintage Vinyl News
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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