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Veteran rockers and retro songs dominate Billboard 200 chart

Published on Aug 7, 2014 6:28 AM
Mike Campbell and Tom Petty perform at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California on Aug 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Retro music and veteran rockers headed the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers notched its first-ever No. 1.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which emerged in 1976 at the forefront of the heartland rock scene, topped the chart this week with Hypnotic Eye - its 13th studio album - selling 131,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Veteran English guitarist Eric Clapton claimed the No. 2 spot with his latest collaboration, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which features John Mayer, Tom Petty and Willie Nelson, selling 61,000 copies.

At No. 3 on the chart is Awesome Mix Vol. 1, the soundtrack to Disney-Marvel's latest superhero box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy, which is featured extensively throughout the film and sold 60,000 copies.

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