Kenny Chesney earns his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bows at No. 2 off the strength of a digital-only first week . . . Two more top 10 entries grace the chart this week from Gucci Mane and Eric Clapton . . . On Digital Songs, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" moves into the No. 1 slot, selling 216,000 downloads.


FLASH POINTS

• Kenny Chesney easily grabs his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's last studio effort, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," also entered at No. 1, but with a slightly smaller number: 176,000.

• Among country acts, Chesney is now in second place for the most No. 1s on the big chart: Only Garth Brooks, with eight, has more.

• Dating back to 2002's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," Chesney has notched nine top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. In that span, only one charting set missed the region—the 2003 holiday release "All I Want for Christmas Is a Really Good Tan."

• Last week's No. 1, Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give," falls to No. 3 with 70,000 (down 54%).

• Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" takes a digital-only bow at No. 2 with 110,000, marking the jailed rapper's eighth top 10 album. It follows the No. 2 debut and peak earlier this year of his "Rebirth," which landed with 176,000 back in February. "Being" was initially intended as a digital-exclusive release. However, the CD version (with three additional tracks) will street on Oct. 12.

• "Being" is just the second set to reach the top two rungs on the chart solely on the strength of digital downloads. In January, the charity compilation "Hope for Haiti" spent two weeks in the top two, including one week at No. 1. "Haiti" was also never issued in a physical configuration.

• Gucci Mane earns his second top 10 album as "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted" bows at No. 4 with 60,000. He notched his first top 10 with last year's "The State Vs. Radric Davis" when it debuted and peaked at No. 10 with 90,000.

• Rock icon Eric Clapton claims his lucky 13th top 10 set with the simply titled "Clapton" bowing at No. 6 with 47,000. He last visited the region with 2004's "Me and Mr. Johnson" at No. 6. Clapton has now racked up top 10s in five consecutive decades stretching back to 1972's No. 6 hit "History of Eric Clapton."

• Eminem's "Recovery" rises one spot to No. 5 (59,000; down 10%), Trey Songz' "Passion, Pain and Pleasure" holds at No. 7 (42,000; down 36%), Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns" falls three spots to No. 8 (42,000; down 40%), Maroon 5's "Hands All Over" descends seven spots to No. 9 (41,000; down 71%), and Selena Gomez and the Scene's "A Year Without Rain" drops six to No. 10 (38,000; down 42%).

• Over on the Digital Songs chart, Far*East Movement moves into No. 1 spot for the first time with "Like a G6," selling 216,000 downloads (up 20%). Last week's topper, Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are," slips to No. 2 with 178,000 (down 6%). Making their top 10 debuts this week are the Glee Cast's take on Britney Spears' "Toxic" (No. 9 with 109,000) and Lil Wayne's "Gonorrhea" (featuring Drake) (No. 10 with 107,000).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 3) totaled 5.3 million units, up 6% compared with the sum last week (5 million) and down 23% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 221.1 million, down 13% compared with the same total at this point last year (254.9 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.4 million downloads, up 1% compared with last week (19.2 million) and up less than 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (19.4 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 860.2 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (866.3 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5.3 million units
• Up 6% from last week's charts: 5 million units
• Down 23% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.9 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer" debuted at No. 1 with 180,000 while Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" started at No. 2 with 175,000. The previous week's No. 1, Pearl Jam's "Backspacer," fell to No. 10 with 58,000 (down 69%).


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun," KT Tunstall's "Tiger Suit," Bruno Mars' "Doo Wops and Hooligans" and David Archuleta's "The Other Side of Down."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" started at No. 1 with 132,000 while Kiss' "Sonic Boom" blew up at No. 2 in its first week with 108,000. The previous week's No. 1, Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," slipped to No. 4 with 75,000 (down 58%).