Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are finally seeing a hit success with their latest album, Hypnotic Eye. It is the group’s first number one spot on the Billboard 200.
According to Newsmax, it has been 37 years since Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers got remotely close to being in the top spot; in 1977 the group reached the second spot with their self-titled album.
It is pretty hard to believe that Tom Petty, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has never seen the top of the chart. Thankfully, Tom decided not to back down in the 38 years that he has been performing music with The Heartbreakers. He found some success in a solo career and sold 161,000 copies in the most lucrative sales week of his career in 1994 with the album Wildflowers, but he still never topped the chart.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. They have sold more than 80 million records all over the world, and Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies in its first week, according to Huffington Post.
Billboard commented, “It’s the best debut sales week for Petty since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and his best sales frame overall (debut or otherwise) since 1994, when his solo album ‘Wildflowers’ sold 161,000 in the week after Christmas.”
Petty’s concert tour helped to boost sales of Hypnotic Eye. Everyone who bought a ticket to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers also had a chance to purchase the album. Although many people declined to buy the album, those that were bought were counted as sales for the Billboard charts.
It was not the first time that Tom Petty used the tactic of selling tickets and albums together to his advantage. His last album, Mojo, rose to the number two spot at 125,000 albums sold in the first week using the promotion.
Hypnotic Eye is Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 13th studio album and is comprised of 11 songs. June saw the release of the first single, “American Dream Plan B.” July saw four more tracks released to the public. Many people claim that the album sounds a lot like their first two albums, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and You’re Gonna Get It.
Surprisingly, Tom Petty does not hold the record for waiting the longest for a number one album. Tony Bennett waited 54 years to see a number one spot for Duets II, according to Billboard, which was a full 16 years more than Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers had to endure.