The Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . And, all of the albums in the top five of the Billboard are 200 debuts, marking only the fifth time the feat has happened.
U2 bows atop the Billboard 200 with its seventh No. 1 album, "No Line on the Horizon," shifting 484,000 . . . That's the biggest sales week the chart has seen since December, when Britney Spears' "Circus" blew in with 505,000 . . . Neko Case makes a grand entrance on the chart, too, as her "Middle Cyclone" arrives at No. 3 -- her highest-charting album yet . . . In Progress Reports, we've got news on the latest top 10 hit for Rodney Atkins, the return of the Black Eyed Peas and Asher Roth's rising single "I Love College." [THIS COLUMN WAS UPDATED ON MARCH 11 AT 9:40 AM PST.]