Caroline RecordsVan Morrison has scored his highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 with Keep Me Singing, which debuted at #9 after moving 25,000 units, nearly all of which were from traditional album sales. Morrison previously reached #10 on the Billboard tally with 2012’s Born to Sing: No Plan B and 2008’s Keep It Simple.

Keep Me Singing is the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s 36th studio album, and his 20th to break into the top 40 on the Billboard 200. Morrison launched a brief series of 2016 U.S. concerts this past Friday in Forest Hills, New York. His next show takes place this Thursday, October 13, at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir also notched his highest-charting solo album on the Billboard 200 with Blue Mountain, which bowed this week at #14. The songs on the album were inspired by Weir’s teenage experiences of working on a ranch in Wyoming. Weir collaborated on Blue Mountain with a variety of musicians, including singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, members of the indie-rock band The National, and members of Bob’s side group, RatDog.

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