Steve Perry’s ‘Traces’ Debuts In Top 10 Of Billboard 200 Chart

‘Traces’ is the former Journey frontman’s first Top 10 solo debut, entering the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 6.

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Steve Perry Merry Little Christmas
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Legendary singer-songwriter Steve Perry has recorded the highest solo debut of his career with Traces, his first album in nearly a quarter of a century.

Released via Fantasy Records, Traces is the former Journey frontman’s first Top 10 solo debut, entering the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 6 with over 73,000 total copies in sales and consumption. Traces has additionally landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Current Rock Albums chart.

The new album also marks Perry’s best-ever debut in the U.K., Germany, Canada (No. 7 on the Current Album chart) and Japan (No. 1 on the International chart). Traces is Perry’s third solo release, following 1984’s Street Talk, which peaked at No. 12, and 1994’s For The Love Of Strange Medicine, which debuted and peaked at No. 15.

“All I was hoping for was someone to listen to the emotional expression of these new songs after my years of absence,” Perry said in a statement. “This has been beyond my wildest dreams, and I thank you all so very much.”

Steve Perry - No Erasin'

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Perry’s final full concert with Journey took place in early 1987. He later rejoined his bandmates for a brief performance in 1991 to honor late concert promoter Bill Graham. He also appeared with Journey when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2005. The singer was inducted, alongside his old band, at the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.

In a recent interview with Scott Shannon In The Morning, Perry said he originally had no intention of taking such a long break from music. “I did not plan to be gone so long”, he said. “But once I stopped, there was something great about just stopping. I went back to my hometown and hung out with friends. I rode my motorcycle on these country roads on the outskirts of Fresno, where I was born and raised, and I’ve gotta tell you — there was something cathartic about just stopping.”

“But I must tell you — did I miss it? It was terrible!” he continued. “It was a detox in its own way, you know? Because the adoration of the fans every night and the applause and being able to live the dream…. ‘Cause I came from a small town, and it was a dream to get in the music business to start with, but to be able to be successful like Journey was, it was a dream come true, so walking was tough.”

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  1. Jr

    October 17, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Awesome as always

    • deanna

      December 5, 2018 at 11:05 am

      I don’t think any will ever hold a candle to you Steve you truely are the # 1 artist of all times across many generations. I love you!!

  2. Pam

    October 18, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Favourite singer of all time. Sorry for the loss. Lost my beloved dog Emma and husband within 3 months. Listened to almost all tracks. Very heartfelt. Thanks

  3. Steven Cunningham

    October 18, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Steve Perry….. so glad to hear your amazing singing voice again on vinyl, thank you for your new solo album “Traces”.

    Steven Cunningham-Mount Vernon, Ohio

  4. Patty Ringer

    November 2, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Steve Perry absolutely needs to be inducted into the hall of fame, loved him when he was young and love him now . Thank you Steve for giving us your music again, love love love it and love you.

  5. Joann Heath

    November 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I listen to this new album daily! Steve, Thank you for fulfilling one on my wishes. Absolutely love your voice and your music! Keep on with your beautiful music.

  6. Donna M. Burck

    December 1, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I loved it! I think it is his best CD ever! I have been a fan for 40 years, and will continue to be one. He has one of the best voices in music that I ever heard.

  7. Gina Holler

    December 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Steve Perry, I wish you and your Family and very Merry Christmas… Steve you are one of a kind. You followed your heart from the start. You knew when to walk and find yourself again, and restore all the empty spaces that were missing in your life…A true roll model….and I think a pretty Good man….Be proud of all you have showed the world…I quote Don’t stop believing ……..Have a Blessed 2019

  8. Tave

    December 30, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Steve I’ve waited a long time to hear new music from you it’s a true blessing to listen to such a great legend I have been a fan since I was a kid I’m 54 now you still got it bro. Do what you do best sing brother sing luv ya man

  9. Joellen McLendon

    April 6, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Oh Steve Perry you are my love I’ll never do without you in my life. I listen to your crooning voice and the power of the heart you put in it is so much in my heart. I know you didn’t know this and that there are probably so many women that hold you close as I wish I could. You are on my bucket list probably one on never get to fulfill but it’ll remain until I die. I’ll be 65 this year and you’ve helped me through those years. God bless you keep singing

  10. Teresa Jones

    September 15, 2019 at 5:18 am

    You are still the one, Amazing, and adorable, since 1977.Lots of love from Houston

  11. Jenine

    September 2, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I am so glad you are back Steve-it’s been a long time but man, what a great way to come back. Hope you make it to Boston. Would love to see you perform. Been a fan since you began! Keep producing great songs. So glad they provide you comfort as much as they do to all of us!

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