Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers continued their chart topping ways this week, hitting No. 1 spot on Billboard's newly created Artist 100 chart. The new chart ranks artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, which includes the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50, as well as others.
According to an article posted Aug. 7 at Billboard.com, the veteran Florida rockers' latest release Hypnotic Eye debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this week, earning the band their first chart topping album in their entire 38-year career. The attention generated from the release and accompanying tour also boosted sales of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 1993 Greatest Hits package, which has jumped to No. 71 on the album chart and helped the "Free Falling" hitmaker lock up top spot on the Artist 100.
Hypnotic Eye hit shelves to critical acclaim on July 29 and marks the 13th collaboration between Petty and the Heartbreakers. Posting to their official Facebook page, the band thanked fans for the album's success, writing, Hypnotic Eye is the number one album in the U.S and Canada! Tom and the band thank you, the fans, for all of your support!"
Petty and company have been busy making appearances to promote the album, which included a high profile appearance July 31 on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Hypnotic Eye Tour kicked off Aug. 3 in San Diego, Calif. at Viejas Arena and wraps up with a newly added second show Oct. 10-11 in Inglewood, California, at The Forum.
The Canadian leg begins Aug. 14 in Vancouver, B.C. at Rogers Arena and finishes Aug. 28 at Montreal's Bell Centre. Fans purchasing a concert ticket will receive a copy of the new record.
Petty and band will also make a couple of festival headline appearances, which include Aug. 9 in San Francisco at Outside Land Music and Arts Festival, as well as Sept. 6 in Arlington, Virginia, at Interlocking Music Festival. For more details, click here.
Did you know? Although most of their material is produced and performed under the name "The Heartbreakers", Tom Petty has also released three solo albums, the most successful being 1989's Full Moon Fever. In these releases, members of the band contributed as studio musicians.