Georgia-born, U.K.-nationalized singer-songwriter Katie Melua's third album "Pictures" (Dramatico) climbs to No. 1 in its fourth week on European Top 100 Albums. And there's a new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, too, as Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music" (SRP/Def Jam) races from 8 to 1.
In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride." The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the artist her first No. 1.
Carrie Underwood celebrates her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and her second chart-topper on Top Country Albums as her sophomore effort "Carnival Ride" debuts with 527,000 ... The unique pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss yields a No. 2 debut on both The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums ... The big chart also welcomes high debuts from Gary Allan, Serj Tankian, Coheed and Cambria, Seether, Neil Young and Juanes ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Taylor Swift, Timbaland and Radiohead.