Twain, Petty top Billboard music sales

Musician Tom Petty speaks to guests after being inducted during the 47th Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in New York, US on June 9, 2016.
Musician Tom Petty speaks to guests after being inducted during the 47th Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in New York, US on June 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Nostalgia propelled two artists - one dead, another living - to the top two Billboard spots for music sales.

Rocker Tom Petty roared back on Sunday to clinch the No. 2 position on the United States album chart after his sudden death at age 66 from cardiac arrest.

Demand for his 1993 Greatest Hits compilation catapulted a whopping 2,231 per cent from a week earlier, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

But the 84,000 equivalent album sales still came below Canadian country star Shania Twain's - her first album in 15 years, Now, debuted at No. 1 with sales of 137,000.

Twain, who was one of the most successful artists of the 1990s, wrote an album with themes of personal restoration after a rough spell that included a high-profile divorce and struggles with her voice.

She far outpaced one of the other prominent releases of the week - Younger Now by Miley Cyrus, a return to country roots by the singer who has become better known for her provocative stage persona. Cyrus registered 45,000 sales to sit at No. 5.

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