Leona Lewis, Daughtry and Tim McGraw lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts.
Hot Shot Debuts: Leona Lewis sets a new chart record as she takes Hot Shot Debut honors on The Billboard 200, becoming the first new British solo act ever to bow at the summit of the big chart, the first British female artist -- new or not -- to debut at No. 1 and the first British female to lead the list since Sade's second album in 1986.
Lewis' debut album "Spirit" launches with sales of 205,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the third-best one-week tally of the year thus far. Lewis also shines on both The Billboard Hot 100, where lead single "Bleeding Love" rebounds 2-1, and Hot Digital Songs, where an 11% increase in downloads takes her to a new sales peak of 223,000 and earns her the pole position.
On the Hot 100, Daughtry sews on Hot Shot Debut stripes with "What About Now," which enters at No. 18 thanks to a performance last week on the "American Idol" special "Idol Gives Back." The song, from Daughtry's eponymous debut, is set to become his next radio single, but owes its current chart position to 86,000 digital downloads.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it's Ray J who comes away with the Hot Shot Debut award for "All I Feel," which starts at the top of the chart with sales of 10,000. This is Ray J's fourth charting effort and highest debut. It opens in the No. 7 slot on The Billboard 200.
Over on Top Country Albums, James Otto takes Hot Shot Debut honors with "Sunset Man," which enters at No. 2. Single "Just Got Started Lovin' You," which climbs 5-4 on Hot Country Songs, helps fuel first week sales of 58,000, putting "Sunset Man" only about 1,000 units out of the chart's top spot.
Greatest Gainers: On the Hot 100, it's "Lollipop" by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major that sews on Greatest Gainer/Airplay stripes as it steps 4-2. It also takes the No. 3 spot on Hot Digital Songs with 190,000 downloads.
Meanwhile, "Idol Gives Back" performers Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown see their duet "No Air" leap 17-3 to earn Greatest Gainer/Digital honors with a 34% increase in sales to 154,000. Daughtry takes the Greatest Gainer title on The Billboard 200 as the band's self-titled set moves 36-16 on the back of a 44% sales increase to 25,000.
It's Tim McGraw who's the Greatest Gainer on the Top Country Albums chart. His latest effort "Let It Go" flies 26-7 on the back of a 40% sales bump to 6,000 copies with the help of a CMT Awards performance on April 14.
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Raheem DeVaughn takes home the Greatest Gainer prize for "Love Behind the Melody," which steps 13-9 on top of a 9% sales bump.
Pacesetters: Martina McBride sets the pace on Top Country Albums with "Waking Up Laughing," which rockets 74-53 with a hefty 97% sales leap, perhaps due in part to her appearance as a presenter on the CMT Awards and a nomination for Best Female Video of the Year for the album's lead single "Anyway." "Waking Up" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 back in April 2007.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Algebra earns the Pacesetter award, soaring 87-64 with "Purpose" behind a 31% sales jump. Tim McGraw, who garnered two nominations at the CMT Awards but went home empty-handed, can't say the same thing on the charts this week. He adds to his trophy shelf by taking Pacesetter honors on The Billboard 200 as "Let It Go" rockets 172-109.
--Susan Visakowitz with additional reporting by Katie Hasty, Geoff Mayfield, Wade Jessen, Raphael George, Keith Caulfield and Silvio Pietroluongo
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