Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week, selling 125,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Darius Rucker arrives in second place with his "Charleston, SC 1966" (and at No. 1 on Country Albums) while Big Time Rush, the Band Perry, Sufjan Stevens and All That Remains also start in the top 10 . . . On Digital Songs, Taylor Swift makes another big entrance as "Back to December" arrives at No. 1 with 241,000 while P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" celebrates a 59-6 second-week leap (129,000; up 392%).


FLASH POINTS

• The CD release of Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being"—which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 two weeks ago exclusively from download sales—pushes the set from No. 16 to No. 1 this week with 125,000 sold (up 443%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.

• It's the first No. 1 to climb to the top (as opposed to debuting there) since a year ago, when the "Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack moved 2-1 in its second week on the list.

• And so, with "Human" making a 16-1 jump on the list, it's the largest leap to the top since the Jan. 19, 2008, chart, when Radiohead's "In Rainbows" zipped 156-1. It debuted a week early on the list because retailers began selling it before its official street date.

• Lil Wayne's rise to No. 1 is a bit similar to how Pearl Jam's "Vitalogy" also took an unconventional route to the top back in 1994. The latter was, like "Human," released on one configuration first before hitting retailers in more standard formats two weeks later. "Vitalogy" debuted at No. 55 on Dec. 10, 1994, with 34,000 copies sold exclusively on vinyl LP. It fell to No. 173 in week two and then vaulted to No. 1 with 877,000 thanks to the release of the set on CD and cassette.

• Back on this week's Billboard 200: Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-solo country star Darius Rucker arrives at No. 2 with his second country set, "Charleston, SC 1966," selling 101,000. His last release, 2008's "Learn to Live," debuted and peaked at No. 5 with a 60,000-unit start.

• Rucker has gone higher, but only if you count his work with Hootie. The band charted a pair of No. 1 albums in 1995 and 1996 with "Cracked Rear View" and "Fairweather Johnson," respectively.

• Rucker's set is one of five new arrivals into the top 10 this week; the other four all earn their first top 10. He's joined by the Nickelodeon TV stars Big Time Rush with their debut set, "B.T.R." (No. 3 with 67,000); the Band Perry's self-titled full-length debut (No. 4 with 53,000); Sufjan Stevens' "Age of Adz" (No. 7 with 36,000—his best sales week yet); and rock band All That Remains' "For We Are Many" (No. 10 with a career-high 29,000).

• For the Band Perry, its introductory EP missed the big chart, but reached No. 32 on the Country Albums tally. Stevens has reached as high as No. 27 on the Billboard 200—earlier this year, in fact—with the "All Delighted People" EP. All That Remains' previous high-water mark was the No. 16 entry of "Overcome" in 2008 (nearly 29,000).

• Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun," drops to No. 9 with 30,000 (down 58%). Eminem's "Recovery" falls one rung to No. 5 (50,000; down 4%), Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" drops four spots to No. 6 (40,000; down 39%), and Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" slides three to No. 8 (34,000; down 22%).

• Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Back to December" arrives at No. 1 with 241,000. It's the third pre-release single from her "Speak Now" album, which drops next Monday (Oct. 25). One more track, "Mean," was issued on Oct. 19, so expect another Swift debut on Digital Songs next week. "December" bumps Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" down to No. 2 with 223,000 (but with a 1% gain). Meanwhile, P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" celebrates a 59-6 second-week leap (129,000; up 392%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 17) totaled 5 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week (4.9 million) and down 14% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 231 million, down 14% compared with the same total at this point last year (267.1 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.7 million downloads, up 1% compared with last week (19.6 million) and up 3% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (19.2 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 899.7 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (904.8 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5 million units
• Up 1% from last week's charts: 4.9 million units
• Down 14% from the comparable week in 2009: 5.9 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" held at No. 1 with 203,000 (up 55%) after debuting a week earlier with only three days of sales under its belt. The "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack arrived in second place with 115,000.


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine," Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown," Rod Stewart's "Fly Me to the Moon . . . The Great American Songbook Volume V," the soundtrack to "Glee: The Music, the Rocky Horror Glee Show" Shakira's "Sale el Sol," Third Day's "Move" and the soundtrack to "Hannah Montana Forever."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: The "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack climbed one spot to No. 1 with 153,000 (up 33%) in its second week, bumping the previous week's topper, Michael Buble's "Crazy Love," down to No. 3 with 102,000 (down 50%). Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" bowed in the runner-up slot with 137,000.