It was all quiet on the album release front last week as only one of last week's new releases debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200: Stone Temple Pilots' new self-titled set starts at No. 2, behind the "Glee: The Music, Volume 3—Showstoppers" album, which holds at No. 1 for a second week . . . The season finale of "American Idol" makes waves on the charts this week, as winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox and a few of the show's guest stars impact our lists.


FLASH POINTS

• Last week's album release schedule was rather paltry—perhaps because everyone was staying out of the way of the "American Idol" finale? Whatever the case, the top 10 on the Billboard 200 houses just one new entry. That's the fewest we've seen since the March 13 chart when Johnny Cash's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was the only top 10 arrival.

• "Glee: The Music, Volume 3—Showstoppers" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 63,000 copies (down 54%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the runner-up spot, Stone Temple Pilots return with their first studio album since 2001 as their new self-titled set enters at No. 2 with 62,000. It's the quartet's sixth top 10 album—the band's entire output of studio releases.

• It's the second week in a row where the kids of "Glee" have blocked a rock band from the No. 1 slot. Last week the Rolling Stones' reissue of "Exile on Main St." re-entered the tally at No. 2 with 76,000. (This week, the Stones fall to No. 7 with 28,000, down 64%.)

• It's unlikely that "Glee" will hold for a third frame at the top next week. Jack Johnson's just-released "To the Sea" seems set to debut at No. 1 with around 250,000 copies sold by week's end on June 6, according to industry prognosticators.

• As for the rest of the Billboard 200's top 10 this week, here's your recap. Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" is up one rung to No. 3 (50,000; down 19%), Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" rises two positions to No. 4 (46,000; up 1%), and Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" climbs three slots to No. 5 (35,000; down 13%). Lady Gaga's "The Fame" jumps six positions to No. 6 with 31,000 and an 11% increase—a gain no doubt fueled by her music being featured prominently in last week's episode of Fox TV's "Glee."

• The Black Keys' "Brothers" drops five rungs to No. 8 with nearly 26,000 (down 65%). Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" climbs two spots to No. 9 with almost 26,000 as well (down 16%), and Nas and Damian Marley's "Distant Relatives" descends five slots to No. 10 with 25,000 (down 56%).

• While the top 10 of the Billboard 200 is a bit dry this week, at least we can look to "American Idol" to spice things up a bit. The show's season finale's fingerprints are all over the charts this week. Winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox and a number of the show's guest stars impact the Digital Songs chart and the Billboard 200.

• Many of the contestants' songs have been available to purchase in the iTunes Store for weeks now, but, as in years past, their weekly sales are withheld from SoundScan (and from appearing in the iTunes Store's own popularity lists) to keep from influencing the voting public in the course of the season.

• This past week was the first of the current "Idol" season where the sales were transmitted to SoundScan, and thus, we see DeWyze and Bowersox arrive on the Digital Songs chart. DeWyze's top seller is his cover of U2's "Beautiful Day," which bows at No. 12 with 95,000. Bowersox's biggest is her rendition of Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain," debuting at No. 32 with 49,000.

• Neither "Idol" posed a threat for the No. 1 position though. Katy Perry retakes the pole position with "California Girls," rising two spots with 269,000 (up 16%). Last week's No. 1, Usher's "OMG," falls to No. 3 with 227,000 (down 4%). Two songs jump into the top 10 this week: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (rising from No. 11 to No. 7 with 119,000—up 22%) and the "Glee" Cast's cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (flying from No. 66 to No. 9 with 109,000, up 353%).

• DeWyze also posts entries on the 75-position chart with "Hallelujah" (No. 20; 63,000), "Falling Slowly" (with Bowersox, No. 38; 44,000) and "The Boxer" (No. 61; 26,000). Bowersox debuts with only the two previously mentioned titles.

• Last year, winner Kris Allen sold 134,000 downloads of the original tune "No Boundaries" in its first week, entering at No. 4. Runner-up Adam Lambert's best-seller was his redux of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" with 115,000 (No. 7). Each of the two gents posted five debuts on the Digital Songs chart.

• Two years ago, champion David Cook moved 236,000 of "The Time of My Life" (No. 1) while second-placer David Archuleta's biggest single during finale week was his cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" (71,000; No. 16). Cook wowed the list with 14 individual debuts, while Archuleta managed three.

• DeWyze's "Beautiful Day" and Bowersox's "Up to the Mountain" seem on course for somewhat tepid debuts on the sales/airplay-hybrid Billboard Hot 100 chart, due to be released on Thursday (June 3). A full recap of all the Billboard Hot 100 chart action will follow on Thursday morning.

• DeWyze and Bowersox also released digital albums last week titled "Season 9 Favorite Performances." Each features 12 tracks from throughout the season by each performer. Both titles sold about 2,000 downloads each, with Bowersox's just a hair ahead of DeWyze's. Neither title debuts on the Billboard 200 or the Digital Albums chart.

• Those sales stats are a far cry from the "Favorite Performances" numbers that Allen and Lambert posted last year. Lambert's "Favorite Performances" blew in with 16,000 sold in its first week, bowing at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on Digital Albums. Allen's "Favorite Performances" moved 10,000 upon its arrival, starting at No. 50 on the Billboard 200 and No. 8 on Digital Albums.

• Shifting gears from the DeWyze and Bowersox lovefest, other "Idol"-related titles make an impact on Digital Songs and on the Billboard 200. Carrie Underwood's "Undo It," which she performed on the finale, climbs from No. 61 to No. 18 on Digital Songs with 69,000 (up 165%). Her album "Carnival Ride" also moves from No. 35 to No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with 16,000 (up 36%) . . . Will Young's "Leave Right Now" benefits from his performance on the first half of the two-night finale, as it debuts at No. 50 on Digital Songs with 32,000 . . . Poison's "The Best of Poison" re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 111 with 5,000 (up 117%) after the band's Bret Michaels performed the set's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on the finale.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 30) totaled 5 million units, down 6% compared with the sum last week (5.3 million) and down 13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 125.4 million, down 11% compared with the same total at this point last year (140.2 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.7 million downloads, down 1% compared to last week (21.9 million) and up 1% compared to the comparable week of 2009 (21.5 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 488 million, down less than 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (488.6 million).


• AND NEXT WEEK:

• Next week on the Billboard 200, look for Jack Johnson's "To the Sea" to swim in at No. 1, garnering the singer/songwriter his third chart-topping album.

• Industry prognosticators think "To the Sea" could sell 250,000 copies by week's end on June 6. Johnson's last studio set, "Sleep Through the Static," sold 375,000 when it debuted at No. 1 back in 2008. His first topper came with the soundtrack to "Curious George," which bowed with 163,000 in his premiere frame.

• Other albums on course to make noteworthy debuts next week on the Billboard 200 include Clay Aiken's "Tried and True," Taio Cruz's "Rokstarr" and Hawthorne Heights' "Skeletons."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Dave Matthews' Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" took the crown at No. 1 in its opening week, selling 424,000 copies. The previous week's No. 1, Eminem's "Relapse," slipped to No. 2 in its third chart week, shifting 141,000 (down 33%). Two more albums arrived in the top 10 that week: 311's "Uplifter" at No. 3 with 60,000 and Chickenfoot's self-titled set at No. 4 with 52,000.


MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5 million units
• DOWN 6% from last week's charts: 5.3 million units
• DOWN 13% from the comparable week in 2009: 5.8 million units
• This week: No album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Eminem's "Relapse" refused to budge from No. 1, holding at the top a second week, selling 211,000 (down 65%). The highest debut on the chart belonged to Marilyn Manson's "The High End of Low," which arrived at No. 4 with 49,000. Two more sets started in the top 10 that week: Wisin and Yandel's "La Revolucion" (No. 7 with 36,000) and Grizzly Bear's "Veckatimest" (No. 8 with 33,000).


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Jack Johnson's "To the Sea," Clay Aiken's "Tried and True," Taio Cruz's "Rokstarr," Hawthorne Heights' "Skeletons," Cherryholmes' "IV Common Threads," the "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album" compilation and Tift Merritt's "See You on the Moon."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Dave Matthews' Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" took the crown at No. 1 in its opening week, selling 424,000 copies. The previous week's No. 1, Eminem's "Relapse," slipped to No. 2 in its third chart week, shifting 141,000 (down 33%). Two more albums arrived in the top 10 that week: 311's "Uplifter" at No. 3 with 60,000 and Chickenfoot's self-titled set at No. 4 with 52,000.