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The October 2 death of Tom Petty has inspired music fans to buy more copies of the rock legend's recordings, including his 1993 Greatest Hits compilation with his band The Heartbreakers, which has reentered the Billboard 200 chart at #2. The album moved 84,000 units during the past week, 52,000 of which were from traditional album sales.
Interestingly, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits previously peaked at #5 on the chart back in 1994. The album is Petty's best-selling record, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.
Several other Petty albums -- with or without The Heartbreakers -- also reentered the Billboard 200 this past week: the 1994 solo effort Wildflowers, at #27; the 2000 compilation Anthology: Through the Years, at #32; 1979's Damn the Torpedoes, at #122; and the 1989 solo smash Full Moon Fever, at #127.
Petty's highest-charting album ever was his 2014 release with The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200. Two other Petty & the Heartbreakers albums peaked at #2 -- Damn the Torpedoes and 2010's Mojo.
Bon Jovi is among 19 artists who've been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora left the band in 2013, but would he be open to performing with the group at the ceremony if they're chosen for the honor?
"Of course, why not?" he tells Billboard. "There's not a lot of malice there, you know. I mean…it was just time for me to leave at that point. So yeah, of course."
While Bon Jovi was previously nominated for induction in 2011, Sambora says he isn't sure if the second time will be the charm for the band.
"I'm not counting my chickens before they're hatched, you know what I'm saying?" Richie declares. "And looking at the list of nominees, there's so many great people that I think should've been in already. Like The Cars and Dire Straits and everybody that's up."
That being said, Sambora tells Billboard that he feels it's "just a matter of time" before Bon Jovi gets inducted.
"I just thought, '...We sold about 150 million records, so we put a lot of asses in seats and made a lot of people happy through music we made together,'" Richie maintains. "And I think maybe it's time for that recognition."
As for whether he keeps in touch with his old Bon Jovi band mates, Sambora reveals, "Every once in a while."