Big 95 Music News: Bon Jovi, Elton John

BON JOVI:  Continues to lead fan votes for enshrinement in the Rock Hall

This is the final full week for fans to get the vote out for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

There is no change to the running order as Bon Jovi, the overall vote-getter, zeroes in on a million votes. The Moody Blues are second with 800,000 in their sights, followed by Dire Straits, The Cars and Judas Priest to round out the top five.

Here's how the voting looks as of Sunday:

  1. Bon Jovi – 935,470
  2. Moody Blues – 769,457
  3. Dire Straits – 402,365
  4. The Cars – 450,994
  5. Judas Priest – 425,572
  6. The Zombies – 413,371
  7. Eurythmics – 374,493
  8. J. Geils Band – 280,594
  9. Depeche Mode – 253,153
  10. Nina Simone – 153,332
  11. Radiohead – 147,746
  12. Kate Bush – 145,417
  13. Rage Against the Machine – 138,649
  14. The MC5 – 104,362
  15. LL Cool J – 96,889
  16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 91,313
  17. Link Wray – 79,684
  18. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – 69,150
  19. The Meters – 47,701

You have until next Tuesday,  December 5th to place your vote at The Top Five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. You'll need to login with a Facebook account or e-mail to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The 2018 inductees -- the five to seven acts chosen -- will be announced the second week of December, with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will once again air the ceremony, with details to be announced later.

ELTON JOHN:  Back on the Billboard 200 with his new hits collection Diamonds

Elton John is back on the Billboard 200 with his new hits collection. Diamonds debuted at number-23 on first-week sales of 18,000 copies, 12,000 as traditional album sales.

Diamonds is the sixth of Elton's greatest-hits albums to chart. 1974’s Greatest Hits was number-one for 10 weeks; Volume II went to 21. Greatest Hits, Vol. III 1979-1987 peaked at 84 in 1987; Greatest Hits 1970-2002was number-12 in 2002; and Rocket Man: Number Ones hit number-nine in 2007.

Diamonds is Elton’s 40th Top 40 album, That ties him with Neil Young for seventh-most. Ahead of them, in order, are Frank Sinatra with 56, Elvis Presley (54), Barbra Streisand (51), Bob Dylan (47), The Rolling Stones (46) and The Beatles (41).

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