Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ Makes Billboard Top 10 Album Chart Debut
Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot jumps back onto Billboard’s album charts following its 20th anniversary deluxe reissue on 30 September. The set, first released in 2002, re-enters Top Album Sales (dated Oct. 15) at a new peak of No. 4 – and its first week in the top 10 – with 13,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 6 (up from a negligible sales sum a week earlier).
The album was remastered and reissued across an array of formats, including many with a robust amount of bonus tracks. The formats available on the more affordable end of the spectrum included a $9 digital download album and a $19 double-CD set. Fans with deeper pockets could splurge for such packages as a $110 eight-CD set, a $140 seven-vinyl LP package and a $235 super deluxe boxed set with 11 vinyl LPs, a CD and a book. All versions of the album, old and new, are combined for tracking and charting purposes.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot also debuts at No. 1 on the Catalog Albums chart and bows in the top 10 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Americana/Folk Albums, Tastemaker Albums and Vinyl Albums. It also re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 56 – the set’s highest rank since 2002. (The album debuted and peaked at No. 13 on the May 11, 2002-dated chart.)
Of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s 13,000 copies sold in the week after its reissue, physical sales comprise 12,500 (8,000 on vinyl and 4,500 on CD) and digital downloads comprise 500.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units.
Elsewhere on Billboard’s Top Album Sales, Slipknot blasts in at No. 1 with The End, So Far (50,000 sold), marking the rock band’s fourth chart-topper. The set was available across an array of collectible physical formats, including nine CDs with alternative cover art (a different cover for each of the band members), a signed CD, three boxed sets (with one of two T-shirts or a hoodie), seven vinyl LPs and three cassette tapes.
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