Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls to No. 1 On Billboard 200
The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males -- Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson -- also net top five debuts
As forecasted a week ago,' "Locked Out of Heaven" ascends 22-9 with Greatest Gainer honors (106,000, up 99%). The lead single from Mars' sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," due Dec. 11, debuted at No. 11 two weeks ago.
T.I.'s "Ball," featuring Lil Wayne, enters Digital Songs at No. 10 (94,000). The song's video premiered on VH1 Monday (Oct. 22). "Ball" previews T.I.'s album "Trouble Man," due Dec. 18.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 21) totaled 5.26 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (5.09 million) and up 9% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (4.82 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 234.14 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (243.67 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 22.07 million downloads, essentially even compared with last week (22.08 million) and up 8% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (20.48 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 1.076 billion, up 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (1.014 billion).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" launched at No. 1 (447,000), followed by new arrivals in Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" at No. 2 (163,000) and Michael Buble's "Christmas" (141,000).