Jimmy Buffett’s Hits Album Reaches the Top 10 After His Death

The singer-songwriter Zach Bryan repeats at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, while a nearly 40-year-old compilation by Jimmy Buffett rockets into the Top 10 following his death on Sept. 1, at 76.

“Zach Bryan,” the singer’s second major-label studio album, holds at the top for a second time with the equivalent of 115,000 sales in the United States, largely from streaming, according to the tracking service Luminate.

It was an eventful week for Bryan, who began a big ticket sale for his next tour — using Ticketmaster, among other vendors, after vowing to avoid the ticketing giant and titling a live release “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster” — and was arrested and briefly jailed in Oklahoma for interfering with a traffic stop.

Buffett’s 1985 album “Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s)” — the title is a nod to the boozy “Margaritaville,” then as now his most popular song — shot to No. 4 on the chart, by far its highest-ever position, with the equivalent of 52,000 sales. When first released, it went only as high as No. 100. (For years, Billboard barred older “catalog” titles from its flagship album chart, the Billboard 200; it began counting such releases after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.)

“Songs You Know by Heart,” which also includes “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Fins” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” is Buffett’s 13th LP to reach the Top 10. Billboard estimates that since it was released in 1985, the album has sold more than eight million copies in the United States alone.

Also this week, Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” is No. 2, Travis Scott’s “Utopia” is No. 3 and Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” is No. 5.

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