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Released: January 24, 1995 (Tuesday)

Warner Brothers - 45760

Credits:
Producers: Bruce Fairbiarn; Van Halen
Engineers: Erwin Musper, Mike Plotnikoff
Mixing: Mike Fraser
Art Direction: Jeri Heiden
Photography: Randee St. Nicholas, Glen Wexler (front cover)

Lead Vocals: Sammy Hagar
Backing Vocals: Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen; Steve Lukather ("Not Enough"); The Monks of Gyuto Tantric University ("Seventh Seal")
Lead and Rhythm Guitar: Eddie Van Halen (electric and acoustic)
Piano and Keyboards: Eddie Van Halen
Bass Guitar: Michael Anthony
Percussion: Alex Van Halen


BILLBOARD MAGAZINE - TOP 200 Album Chart Performance
DEBUTPEAKTop 5Top 10Top 50Top 100Top
200
YE 1995
POS
YE 1996
POS
11 (1)(4)(6)(20)(33)(41)26---
RIAA ALBUM CERTIFICATION AWARDS (U.S. Sales)
Certification StatusDate Issued
GoldMarch 29, 1995
PlatinumMarch 29, 1995
2x PlatinumMarch 29, 1995
3x PlatinumMay 12, 2004
Chart and Certification Notes:


  • sold 295,000+ units in first week (Jan. 24 – Jan. 31, 1995) to debut at No. 1
  • held No. 1 position for one week (Debut Week – Feb. 11, 1995))
  • remained in Top 100 for 33 consecutive weeks (Feb. 11 – June 24, 1995)
  • no additional RIAA certification in 10+ years
  • estimated-sales previously: 2.9 mil. (2002); 3.1 mil. (2004)
  • estimated-sales to date: 3.7 mil (conservatively 60k/year last decade)


ALBUM CUTS & SINGLES DATA
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE – HOT 100 Singles & Album Rock Tracks (ART) Charts
TitleT100
T40
Entry
T100
Peak
T40
(wks)
T100
(wks)
ART
Entry
ART
Peak
T40
(wks)
Don’t Tell Me
(What Love Can Do)
NOT RELEASED AS
COMMERCIAL SINGLE
01/14/951 (3)19
Album Cut
Can’t Stop
Lovin’ You
03/25/95
04/15/95
3092002/18/952 (4)23
Album Cut
Single -
WB 17909
Seventh Seal
Album Cut
NOT RELEASED AS
COMMERCIAL SINGLE
02/04/95
ReEnter 02/18/95
365
AmsterdamNOT RELEASED AS
COMMERCIAL SINGLE
05/20/95911
Album Cut
Not Enough
Album Cut
Single -
WB 17810
08/19/95*
---
97---308/05/95279
ALBUM CUTS & SINGLES CHARTS NOTES



  • “Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do)” was the lead-promotional song issued by Warner Brothers, but was not released for commercial sale (and ineligible for the Hot 100 under then-format rules); “Don’t Tell Me” was available for insertion into airplay rotations on Dec. 28, 1994, almost one-month in advance of the release date for “Balance”
  • “Don’t Tell Me” debuted at No. 2 on the ATR chart, rising to No. 1 the following week (starting its three-week run at No. 1), and remained in the Top 5 for the first nine-weeks in ATR chart survey
  • “Seventh Seal” was the second album cut to debut on the ATR (on Feb. 4, 1995), dropping off the Top 40 survey the following week, and re-entering Feb. 18, 1995 to complete a five-week run in the ATR chart at the lower ranks of the survey
  • “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” was the first commercial single issued by Warner Brothers, and the third album cut to debut on the ATR (Feb. 18, 1995); the single was issued for sale and radio airplay on Feb. 1, 1995
  • “CSLY” debuted on the ATR in its first week of release (#36), and rode a slow-but-steady climb up the chart before peaking in week 9 at #2 (and remaining at #2 for four-weeks total); “CSLY” would spend 23 weeks on the 40-position ATR chart
  • “CSLY” debuted on the Hot 100 on March 25, 1995, six-weeks after the commercial release
  • Although “CSLY” spent 20 weeks in the Hot 100 pop-single survey, nearly matching the longevity of the song on the ATR Top 40 chart, “CSLY” peaked at #30, and spent a remarkable but consistent nine-week run ranking between #30 and #38, and another two (non-consecutive) weeks at #41
  • “Amsterdam” spent six of its 11-weeks inside the ATR Top 20, peaking at #9
  • “Not Enough” spent nine-weeks on the ATR chart, peaking at #27, and three-weeks on the Hot 100 chart (#97-#97-#100); prior to breaking through on the Hot 100 chart, “Not Enough” hovered just below at #117 and #104 (or #17 and #4 on the “Bubbling Under” chart that Billboard utilized, monitoring the next 25 positions outside the Top 100)





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