Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Willie Nelson Nabs Third No. 1 Album on Jazz Chart

 —  March 13, 2016 — 4 Comments

— Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – No. 40 — Music legend Willie Nelson extends his multi-genre chart history, as his new album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, debuts at No. 1 on both the Traditional Jazz Albums and overall Jazz Albums charts.

The set, which sold 13,000 copies in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music, also enters at No. 14 on Top Album Sales. It launches at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 — his 19th top 40-charting album on the list (with 13,000 equivalent album units).

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The new album is a tribute to the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin. It gives Nelson his third No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, following two collaborations with Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With the Blues (2008) and Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (with Norah Jones, 2011). While Nelson is most certainly an icon of country music — and has 14 No. 1s on the Top Country Albums chart to prove it — he’s also notched top 10s on the Blues Albums (Milk Cow Blues, No. 2 in 2000), Kid Albums (Rainbow Connection, No. 7 in 2001) and Holiday Albums (Pretty Paper, No. 9 in 1983) charts. He’s even claimed a No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart (Countryman, in 2009).

The new Gershwin album does not add to Nelson’s voluminous history on the Top Country Albums chart, however, as the set is a decidedly jazz affair. That follows such titles as his top 10 Blues Albums effort Milk Cow Blues (2000) and his two earlier No. 1s on the Traditional Jazz Albums list, all of which skipped the Top Country Albums tally.

4 responses to Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Willie Nelson Nabs Third No. 1 Album on Jazz Chart

  1. I just saw the Dan rather interview and herd you talking about the stem cell therapy for your lungs can you guys send me some information on this therapy I’m starting to have some breathing trouble and I think this is right up my alley for a treatment to help me out thanks please reply soon thanks again your fan robert

  2. Sad that Willie isn’t SINGING on the AXStv special…

  3. Melissa Hartranft March 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I am so very glad to see the continued success in your career. I always knew of you as a child but never knew your music or of your passion. That changed the day I was lucky enough to sit in on your press conference for Farm-aid in Hershey PA. I was intrigued by the man on stage, your presence, your caring, how well spoken you were. I came to have a deep respect for you and your work. I was not able to see you preform that day and have always regretted it. Me and my fiancé would love to see you. Would you ever consider a venue in PA for your current tour? If so please let me know. Hershey would be amazing but honestly anywhere closer than OH or NC would be appreciated. I know there is a venue in VA but unfortunately the good seats are already sold out and when I get to see you I really would like to actually be able to see you, in person, in the flesh, not on a screen. Thank you for your time. God bless.

  4. Tommy Anthony Osowski March 25, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Willie et all, I met your grand daughter Janay at the Kraken in Cardiff by the Sea, California last night (03/. She approached me and said I look like a young Willie Nelson. That is a real honor cause I have loved you since I first heard you, many Tee-Times ago. I beat her husband at 8 ball pool, it was great! They are a wonderful couple and I told her to tell you that you had a big fan in me. Love ya and your family Willie, Tommy

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