Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

As predicted, Chris Brown achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "F.A.M.E." bows atop the tally with 270,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"F.A.M.E." is his fourth top 10 album, following his self-titled debut (No. 2, 2005), "Exclusive" (No. 4, 2007) and "Graffiti" (No. 7, 2009). "F.A.M.E.'s" start also marks the singer's second-best sales week -- only "Exclusive's" 294,000 bow was bigger.

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Jennifer Hudson's sophomore effort, "I Remember Me," comes in at No. 2 with 165,000, while last week's No. 1, Adele's "21," slips to No. 3 with 96,000 (with a tiny 2% decline). For Hudson, "Me" matches the debut and peak position of her 2008 self-titled bow, which entered at No. 2 with a larger first-week: 217,000.

Brown and J.Hud are just two of the seven new entries in the top 10 -- the most the region has seen since the Dec. 4, 2010 chart, when eight albums entered the top 10.

The Strokes' "Angles" arrives at No. 4 (89,000) -- marking their third straight No. 4 set after 2003's "Room on Fire" and 2006's "First Impressions of Earth" both debuted and peaked there as well. Their "This Is It" debut hit No. 33 in 2002.

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Kirk Franklin's "Hello Fear" flies in at No. 5 (87,000) -- his best week since "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" debuted at No. 4 with 91,000.

Sony Music claims the entire top five this week, the first time a distributor locked down Nos. 1-5 since the Jan. 15 chart, when Universal Music reigned.

Just outside the top five, at No. 6, the digital-exclusive charity compilation "Songs For Japan" starts at No. 6 (68,000) and Panic at the Disco's "Vices & Virtues" bows at No. 7 (56,000). The final top 10 arrival, Bobby V's "Fly On the Wall," lands at No. 9 with 38,000.

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As for the rest of the non-debuting albums in the top 10: Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" shuffles 5-8 with 39,000 (down 6%) while Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers" slides 3-10 with 29,000 (down 38%).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) maintains the No. 1 position, selling 254,000 downloads (down 3%). Coming in at No. 2 is Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep," barging in with 244,000. The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" is stationary at No. 3, though it's up 11% in sales (219,000). Rihanna's "S&M" steps up one rung to No. 4 (166,000; down 2%), Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" rises four to No. 5 (155,000; up 12%) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" slips two to No. 6 (146,000; down 20%).

Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" is up one to No. 7 (143,000; up 4%), Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" drops one to No. 8 (143,000; up 1%) and Ke$ha's "Blow" breezes up a slot to No. 9 (126,000; up 3%). Rounding out the top 10 is another debut, this time from Brown, who -- with featured guest star Justin Bieber -- starts at No. 10 with "Next To You" (113,000).

For those wondering if Rebecca Black's "Friday" moment in the sun has passed -- it hasn't. The tune rises 57-38 on Digital Songs with 50,000 sold (up 35%).

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Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending March 27) totaled 6.48 million units, up 13% compared to the sum last week (5.71 million) and up 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (6.03 million). Year to date album sales stand at 71.19 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year (75.11 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.78 million downloads, down 1% compared to last week (24.92 million) and up 18% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (20.94 million). Year to date track sales are at 314.59 million, up 9% compared to the same total at this point last year (289.70 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" debuted at No. 1 with 329,000 while Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" fell to No. 2 with 291,000 (actually posting a 3% gain).

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