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Re: Hot Rocks Lives On
Posted by: GerardHennessy ()
Date: September 15, 2021 19:19

Yet another week goes by and yet another step towards Hot Rocks completing 7 years on the Billboard 200. Now standing at 363 weeks - just one more week to go to reach the magic 364 week number to complete a 7 year chart lifespan.

I have no idea why this specific milestone has attained such importance for me. But it has. It may be because extended chart placings are almost non-existent in the life of the Rolling Stones. Even back in the 70s and 80's The Stones tended to sell new product heavily in the first few weeks and then drop off the charts relatively quickly. Quite a contrast to bands such as The Eagles, The Beatles, Creedence, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, Journey, Queen - performers who might well appeal to the same types of customers that would buy Rolling Stones albums. All of these bands have moved way beyond the number of chart weeks achieved by The Stones.

Will Hot Rocks reach 364 next week? Probably not. The album has been moving steadily downwards for the last few weeks and had a sizeable fall this week from No. 136 to No. 187 - over 50 places. I have no idea what the actual sales would have needed to be to reach those positions. I understand it takes roughly 30,000 sales or streams to reach the Top Ten. So chart placings numbers below No. 100 must be differentiated by a couple of hundred sales at most. Maybe even just a few dozen units.

Hot Rocks will, of course, reach the 7 year milestone sometime soon. Sales will doubtlessly pick up again when the band begins to tour. And it is not inconceivable that it may, one day, reach the 400 week milestone. However it is almost certain that the band itself will, by then, have long since passed into history.

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