Eminem's fifth straight No. 1 debut, "Relapse," roars at the top of the Billboard 200 with 608,000—the biggest sales week of the year for any album and the best since AC/DC's "Black Ice" began with 784,000 copies last October . . . The rapper was just one of many acts who had a new album arrive last week. Those that open high on the Billboard 200 include Kenny Chesney, Method Man and Redman, Dane Cook, Busta Rhymes, Tori Amos and Kate Voegele . . . The two-night finale of "American Idol" last week impacts this week's tallies, as both winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert storm the charts. [PLEASE NOTE: This story was updated at 2:35 PST on May 27 to reflect new chart data.]
Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 450,000, giving the rapper his third straight chart-topping album. However, his sales start is his lowest since his first album, "The College Dropout," bowed with 441,000 in 2004 . . . The much ballyhooed return of Guns N' Roses doesn't quite fire up the chart as some expected. The band's "Chinese Democracy" starts at No. 3 with 261,000 . . . Also starting high this week: new sets from Ludacris and the Killers, an EP from Coldplay and Barry Manilow's latest "Greatest Songs" release.