The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the late rapper his third chart-topper ... Arcade Fire starts in the runner-up slot with "Neon Bible" and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albums ... Three more debuts fall in the top 10 this week: Gary Allan's "Greatest Hits," Relient K's "Five Score and Seven Years Ago" and Korn's "MTV Unplugged" ... In Progress Reports we've got updates on Justin Timberlake, Pink, Lily Allen, T-Pain, Beyonce and Shakira.
The Arcade Fire returns with one of the most anticipated indie rock albums in recent memory ("Neon Bible"), Air breathes in English and Japanese influences on its "Pocket Symphony" and Ry Cooder brings a traveling cat to life in this week's Hot Product.
The 13-track set begins with "Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)," where an orchestral swell a la the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" gives way to lonely acoustic guitar picking and lyrics like "I thought you knew the drill / It's kill or be killed."