t’s hard to believe that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers haven’t had a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 until now. His latest album, “Hypnotic Eye,” has finally topped the charts, selling 131,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard notes this is Petty’s best debut since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991 and it’s the most he’s sold in one week since 1994’s “Wildflowers.”
Possibly aiding the sales of “Hypnotic Eye” is a buy-in plan that Petty packaged with ticket sales to his upcoming arena tour. At the point of purchase, fans had the chance to pre-order the album for an additional cost. illboard said that “albums redeemed” counted towards the sales number.
“Hypnotic Eye” is the band’s 13th studio album and is an 11 song collection that’s a throwback (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/07/29/stream-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-new-album-hypnotic-eye/) to the sound of their first two albums, 1976’s “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” and 1978’s “You’re Gonna Get It.” In June, they released the first single, “American Dream Plan B,” with four more tracks being made public in July.
In response to this milestone, Petty posted a simple acknowledgement on Twitter earlier today: