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Released: June 18, 1991 (Tuesday)

Warner Brothers - 26594

Credits:
Producers: Andy Johns; Ted Templeman; Van Halen
Engineers: Lee Herschberg, Andy Johns, Michael Scott
Mixing: Andy Johns, Michael Scott, Ted Templeman
Art Direction: Jeri Heiden
Photography: David Seltzer, Glen Wexler

Lead Vocals: Sammy Hagar
Backing Vocals: Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen; Steve Lukather ("Top of the World")
Lead and Rhythm Guitar: Eddie Van Halen (electric and acoustic; electric drill featured on "Poundcake")
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 1991
POS
YE 1992
POS
11 (3)(8)(12)(31)(51)(68/74)3775
RIAA ALBUM CERTIFICATION AWARDS (U.S. Sales)
Certification StatusDate Issued
GoldAugust 22, 1991
PlatinumAugust 22, 1991
2x PlatinumNovember 8, 1991
3x PlatinumAugust 17, 1994
Chart and Certification Notes:


  • sold 243,000+ units in first week (June 18 – June 24, 1991)
  • first album in SoundScan era to sell 200,000+ in a single week
  • held No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks (July 6 – 20, 1991)
  • held No. 2 position for the next three weeks (July 27 – Aug. 10, 1991)
  • charted in Top 100 for 51 consecutive weeks (July 6, 1991 – June 20, 1992)
  • charted in Top 200 for 68 consecutive weeks (and 74 weeks cumulatively)
  • charted on Billboard's Year End Album Charts for both 1991 (37th) and 1992 (75th)
  • certified triple (3x) platinum in 1994
  • no additional RIAA certification in 20+ years
  • estimate sales previously: 3.8 mil. (1995); 5 mil. (1999); 5.8 mil (2002)
  • Estimated-Sales to Date: 6.3 mil (conservatively 30k/year since 2002)
















































ALBUM TRACKS & SINGLES CHARTS DATA

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE - HOT 100 SINGLES & ALBUM ROCK TRACKS (ART) CHARTS

Title
T100
T40
Entry
T100
Peak
T40
(wks)
T100
(wks)
ART
Entry
ART
Peak
T50
(wks)
PoundcakeNOT RELEASED
AS COMMERCIAL SINGLE
06/08/911 (2)11
Album Cut
Top of the World10/12/91
11/02/91
2751906/29/911 (4)51
Album Cut
Single -
WB 4-19151
Right Now02/08/92
N/A
55DNC1308/03/912 (4)46
Album Cut
Single -
WB 4- 19059
RunaroundNOT RELEASED
AS COMMERCIAL SINGLE
06/29/911 (4)20
Album Cut
The Dream Is OverNOT RELEASED
AS COMMERCIAL SINGLE
02/22/92717
Album Cut
Man on a Mission NOT RELEASED
AS COMMERCIAL SINGLE
05/30/92218
Album Cut
ALBUM CUTS & SINGLES CHARTS NOTES


  • chart positions in bold indicate a "top 10" hit; chart positions in italics indicate a "No. 1" hit; numbers in parentheticals ( ) indicate the number of weeks at the "No. 1" position
  • under former chart rules, a song could not chart on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart unless formally released as a single for purchase
  • six songs charted on the Album Rock Track (ART) Chart, two of which were later formally released as commercial singles for purchase (album cut/ singles status denoted beneath each song title entry)
  • ART was a 50-position chart that surveyed 95 album-rock stations for airplay impressions; starting with the publication date June 27, 1992, the ART chart was reduced to a 40-position chart, and a new 10-position "Album Rock Recurrent Tracks" (ARRT) chart was added for songs that charted for more than 20 weeks but fell below ART's Top 20 positions
  • "Right Now" and "Top of the World" both were still on the ART Top 50 chart version when the reduction and "recurrent" chart was created, and fit the new ARRT criteria; thus, beginning on June 27, 1992, "Right Now" continued to chart another 35 weeks and "Top of the World" continued to chart for another 16 (non-consecutive) weeks on the "recurrent" chart
  • Both “Right Now” and “Top of the World” proved to be durable album rock radio hits: “Right Now” charted for 81 consecutive weeks between the ART and ARRT charts (46 + 35 – 8/03/91 thru 2/20/93), including 4 weeks at No. 2 on the ART chart; “Top of the World” charted for 67 non-consecutive weeks between the ART and ARRT charts (51 + 16), including four weeks at No. 1 on the ART chart
  • “Top of the World” was No. 1 for three consecutive weeks, was displaced for one week (by John Mellencamp’s “Get a Leg Up”), and returned to No. 1 for a fourth (and final) week

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