Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as the band's new "The Circle" swoops in with 163,000 copies. It's the follow-up to "Lost Highway," which also started atop the list back in 2007 . . . Just one other album bows in the top 10 this week: Flyleaf's "Memento Mori," which gives the rock act its highest-charting album and best sales week yet . . . We also have news on the Country Music Assn. Awards (CMAs) and its big impact on the chart, with great gains going to winners Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, Sugarland and Darius Rucker.


FLASH POINTS

• Bon Jovi claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "The Circle" lands in the penthouse with 163,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's second topper in a row, following its 2007 release "Lost Highway," which bowed with 292,000. The act previously reached the top with "Slippery When Wet" in 1986 and "New Jersey" in 1988.

• All told, the veteran group has racked up 10 top 10 albums and every one of its studio releases since 1986 have reached the top 10. The new album's first single, "We Weren't Born to Follow," is bulleted at No. 11 for a second week on the Adult Top 40 chart while it rises to No. 17 on the Adult Contemporary tally.

• "The Circle" was physically available only in the CD/DVD configuration, boasting the documentary "When We Were Beautiful," which premiered Oct. 24 on Showtime in the United States. A CD-only version of the album will be released Nov. 23.

• Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Carrie Underwood's "Play On," slips to No. 3 with 128,000 (down 60%), while Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" climbs from No. 3 to No. 2 with 136,000 (down a scant 8%) in its second week.

• The chart's second-highest debut, Flyleaf's sophomore album, "Memento Mori," arrives at No. 8 with a career-high 56,000. The Octone Records band's self-titled debut spent a whopping 133 weeks on the Billboard 200 from 2006 through 2008. It peaked at No. 57 on Sept. 22, 2007; however, its best sales frame was during Christmas week of 2007 when it moved 22,000.

• As for the rest of the top 10 this week, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" slips two spots to No. 4 with 117,000 (down 40%) while Taylor Swift's "Fearless" rises one notch to No. 5 with 91,000 (up 30%) following her multiple wins last week on the CMA Awards show. The "Now 32" album falls one space to No. 6 with 68,000 (down 33%), Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" is up one spot to No. 7 with 58,000 (down just 2%), and the "Glee" soundtrack falls five rungs to No. 9 with 56,000 (down 51%). Rounding out the top 10 this week is the "New Moon" soundtrack with 53,000 (up 1%).

• Next week, a bevy of big names will bow on the Billboard 200, including new efforts from "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, John Mayer, Norah Jones, Leona Lewis and 50 Cent's oft-delayed "Before I Self Destruct."

• The digital version of 50 cent'e album was rush-released in the United States through Apple's iTunes Store on Monday, Nov. 9, ahead of its CD counterpart's bow on Monday, Nov. 16. All configurations of the set were originally scheduled to drop on Monday, Nov. 23, but it leaked to the Internet nearly a month before that, prompting 50's label Interscope Records to push its release forward.

• Because of this situation, Interscope has requested that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan uphold an existing policy regarding album Internet leaks. In a rule instituted nearly a year ago based on industry input, a label may ask Nielsen SoundScan to hold the digital sales of an album title for up to one week, and Billboard to delay charting that title, when a leak situation has resulted in a digital album beating its physical counterpart to market. Therefore, the first-week digital sales for "Before" will be added to its overall retail sum for the week ending Nov. 22 and the title will debut in next week's issue.

• Billboard, along with Nielsen SoundScan, will review the merit of maintaining this rule.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 15) totaled 7 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (6.9 million) and down 21% compared with the same sales week of 2008 (8.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 301.5 million, down 13% compared with the same total at this point last year (348.3 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7 million units
• UP 3% from last week's charts: 6.9 million units
• DOWN 21% from same week, 2008: 8.9 million units
• This week: The top four albums on both the Billboard 200 and Top Comprehensive Albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Taylor Swift's "Fearless" flew in with 592,000 copies at No. 1 while David Archuleta's self-titled debut started at No. 2 with 183,000. The "Now 29" compilation began at No. 3 with 172,000 while T-Pain's "Thr33 Ringz" started at No. 4 with 167,000. The previous week's No. 1, the soundtrack to "Twilight," fell to No. 5 with 107,000 (down 35%).




PROGRESS REPORTS

• Lady Antebellum has a lot to celebrate this week. Not only did the trio win trophies for vocal group of the year and single of the year last week on the CMA Awards (Nov. 11), the act collects its second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Need You Now." Lady A's first No. 1 came with its tune that won the single of the year honor, "I Run to You," back on July 25. On top of that, the trio's CMA exposure helps its self-titled album zip from No. 24 to No. 11 on the Billboard 200 with 45,000 and a gain of 130%.

• Other acts whose sales gains are likely thanks to the CMAs include new artist of the year winner Darius Rucker, who moves 44-27 on the Billboard 200 with "Learn to Live" (23,000; up 83%), and vocal duo of the year Sugarland, which rises 105-43 with "Love on the Inside" (14,000; up 136%) and 56-34 with "Gold and Green" (16,000; up 53%). The Billboard 200's Pacesetter award, which is alloted to the title with the largest percentage gain, goes to song of the year winner "That Lonesome Song" by Jamey Johnson. It vaults 153-42 with 15,000 and a 286% increase.


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: John Mayer's "Battle Studies," Norah Jones' "The Fall," 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct," Kris Allen's "Kris Allen," Leona Lewis' "Echo," Them Crooked Vultures' "Them Crooked Vultures," Justin Bieber's "My World," OneRepublic's "Waking Up," Janet Jackson's "Number Ones" and Fall Out Boy's "Believers Never Die—Greatest Hits."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Beyonce's "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce" started at No. 1 with 482,000 and Nickelback's "Dark Horse" arrived in the runner-up slot with 326,000. "American Idol" winner David Cook bowed at No. 3 with his self-titled debut shifting 280,000 while the previous week's topper, Taylor Swift's "Fearless," fell to No. 4 with 217,000 (down 63%).