Daughtry leads the way this week as the band's second album, "Leave This Town," tops the Billboard 200 with 269,000 . . . And, after three weeks where the top-selling set in the United States came from Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop steps aside as Daughtry reigns . . . Jackson's still very much all over the charts, and his best seller last week, "Number Ones," shifted 192,000 . . . We've also got big album debuts from Joe, rock super group the Dead Weather and rapper Twista . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Shakira, Wisin & Yandel, the Black Eyed Peas and Pet Shop Boys.


FLASH POINTS

• After the past three weeks where the top-selling album in the United States was by the late Michael Jackson, this week, the No. 1 album is the sophomore set by Daughtry, "Leave This Town." The title arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Comprehensive Albums list with 269,000. The latter chart tallies both catalog and current albums, unlike the Billboard 200, which houses only current sets. (Catalog albums are those that are more than 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don't have a current radio single.)

• For Daughtry, "Leave This Town" is the band's second No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Its self-titled freshman set debuted at No. 2 with 304,000 upon its release in November 2006. It went to No. 1 in its ninth week on the list, an incredible feat considering the vast majority of No. 1 albums get to No. 1 by debuting there. That just goes to show how well "Daughtry" was able to sustain its sales momentum after its release. Moreover, after it hit No. 1, it stepped aside for five weeks, and then went back to the penthouse for its second and final week at the top.

• "Daughtry" spent its first 79 consecutive weeks selling more than 15,000 copies per weeks. The album hung out in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 for its first 80 weeks. This week, it's still on the chart for a 139th week. It ranks at No. 65 (7,000; up 46%)—and remains a "current" album eligible to chart on the Billboard 200 because its final single, "What About Now," is still riding high at No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary radio airplay tally.

• The new album's first single, "No Surprise," is the act's sixth straight top five hit on the Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart, where it ranks at No. 5 this week.

• Shifting gears for a moment, Michael Jackson mania isn't over on the charts. He still looms large on the Top Pop Catalog Albums and Top Comprehensive Albums charts. In the tracking week that ended July 19, his "Number Ones" hits collection was his best seller, shifting 192,000 (down 45%). That 2003 effort finds itself at No. 1 on the Catalog chart and No. 2 on Top Comprehensive Albums. All told, Jackson has six of the top 10 spots on Top Comprehensive Albums, and the entire top 12 slots on Top Pop Catalog Albums are Jackson-related. The majority of his releases are down in sales this week, including "The Essential Michael Jackson" (125,000; down 15%), "Thriller" (114,000; down 57%), "Off the Wall" (68,000; down 36%), "Bad" (61,000; down 38%) and "Dangerous" (55,000; down 19%).

• Back on the Billboard 200, rock super group the Dead Weather sees its first album, "Horehound," enter at No. 6 with 51,000. The quartet consists of Jack White (of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (of the Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of the Raconteurs and the Greenhornes) . . . All told, this is the sixth top 10 album for White—he also has three top 10s with the White Stripes and two with the Raconteurs.

• R&B singer Joe claims his fourth top 10 album and second in less than a year as "Signature" arrives at No. 7 with 49,000 copies sold. On the Oct. 11, 2008, Billboard 200, his "Joe Thomas, New Man" entered and peaked at No. 8 with 54,000.

• Rapper Twista places the final top 10 bow on the Billboard 200 this week with his "Category F5" debuting at No. 8 with 45,000—his fourth straight top 10 set.

• And now a recap of the rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 . . . Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night" falls one slot to No. 2 with 103,000 (down 67%). The "Hannah Montana 3" soundtrack and the "Now 31" compilation also slide down one rung each (to No. 3 with 73,000, down 47%, and to No. 4 with 69,000, down 31%, respectively). The Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." stays steady at No. 5 with 54,000 (down 13%). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (up one at No. 9—37,000; up 1%) and Kings of Leon's "Only by the Night" (up four to No. 10—33,000; up 9%) round out the top 10.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 19) totaled 6.8 million units, down 6.8% compared with the sum last week (7.3 million) and down 9.3% compared with the same sales week of 2008 (7.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 195.4 million, down 13.9% compared with the same total at this point last year (227 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.8 million units
• DOWN 6.8% from last week's charts: 7.3 million units
• DOWN 9.3% from same week, 2008: 7.5 million units
• This week: The top two albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000 copies. The top five albums on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart sell more than 100,000.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Nas' self-titled effort bowed at No. 1 with 187,000 while Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" fell to the No. 2 slot with 105,000 (down 15% in its sixth week).



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Shakira makes a big move on the Hot Latin Songs chart this week as "Loba" climbs 17-6, becoming the diva's 14th top 10 hit. That ties her for the fourth-most top 10 singles among female artists with Selena. Only Gloria Estefan (with 22), Ana Gabriel (20), Rocio Durcal and Ednita Nazario (15) have more . . . Shakira also makes noise on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, where "She Wolf" starts at No. 40. On the latter list, it's her seventh hit and first since her "Beautiful Liar" duet with Beyonce peaked at No. 17 April 21, 2007.

• Elsewhere on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Wisin & Yandel notch their fifth No. 1, tying with Mana for the most No. 1s among duos or groups in the tally's nearly 23-year history. Wisin & Yandel hit the top this week with "Abusadora," their fifth topper in little more than three years. Its first came with "Llame Pa' Verte" April 1, 2006.

• The Black Eyed Peas become the third group this decade and the first since 2004 to earn simultaneous top 10 singles on the Rhythmic Top 40 radio airplay chart . . . The quartet's former chart-topper "Boom Boom Pow" rests at No. 7 while its follow-up track, "I Gotta Feeling," motors 12-6 . . . Prior to BEP, OutKast laced together 14 consecutive weeks with double top 10s from November 2003 to February 2004 with "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move." Destiny's Child posted three straight weeks in the top 10 with "Jumpin', Jumpin' " and "Say My Name" from April 2000 to May 2000.

• Pet Shop Boys set the record for the most No. 1s in the history of the Hot Dance Club Songs chart among duos/groups this week as "Love Etc." hits the top slot. It's the veteran act's ninth topper and first since "Break 4 Love" reached No. 1 Nov. 10, 2001. Previously, they were locked in a tie with Depeche Mode for the most No. 1s among duos/groups . . . Through Pet Shop Boys' 20-plus years on the charts, they've notched 33 Club hits. Their first, "West End Girls," debuted March 15, 1986, and nabbed the No. 1 position May 3, 1986 . . . "Love Etc." is the first single from Pet Shop Boys' 10th studio album, "Yes." The latter debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 upon its release earlier this year, giving the act its highest-charting set since 1993's "Very" debuted and peaked at No. 20.




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again," Jordin Sparks' "Battlefield," Sugar Ray's "Music for Cougars" and Our Lady Peace's "Burn Burn."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" bowed at No. 1 with 371,000 while Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" started in the runner-up spot with 314,000.