On the Charts: Alice In Chains, John Fogerty Open Strong | Music News | Rolling Stone
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Throwbacks. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories repeated at Number One this week, but the big chart surprises were Alice In Chains’ The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (61,000 sales, number two) and ex-Creedence frontman John Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone (51,000, number three). Neither of these albums has any chance of improving upon these sales next week, but both show that aging rock acts, even those without the full groups that made them famous, can hit the charts if they’re smart. Alice In Chains has slowly, steadily rebuilt its fanbase after the death of frontman Layne Staley in 2002 and a reunion three years later; Fogerty follows the Legendary Artist blueprint of stars from Van Morrison to B.B. King, inviting contemporary stars such as Dave Grohl, the Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert for cameos. What’s especially savvy is that both made their chart debuts in slow early-summer weeks, when it’s easy to sell a few thousand copies of a debut album.