Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 424,000, giving the band its fifth straight studio album to bow atop the list. "King" is one of a bevy of rock albums that enter the list this week, with 311, super group Chickenfoot, Taking Back Sunday, Rancid and Elvis Costello also making high bows . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Pink, David Guetta, Kelly Rowland, Linkin Park and the Fray. [PLEASE NOTE: This story was updated on June 10 at 2:05 PM PST to reflect new SoundScan data.]


FLASH POINTS

• Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1, as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000. Better still, it's the fifth straight studio set from the group to open with a sales week of at least 400,000. The act's last studio set, 2005's "Stand Up," stood tall with 465,000 in its first frame.

• DMB's opener is the third-best debut of the year, after Eminem's "Relapse" (608,000) and U2's "No Line On the Horizon" (484,000). Speaking of Eminem, his "Relapse" slips to No. 2 with 141,000 (down 33%) in its third week.

• The Billboard 200's top six debuts this week all come from rock acts, with 311 arriving as the chart's second-highest debut, at No. 3, with "Uplifter." The set begins with 60,000 and is the band's highest-charting album. Good news/bad news time: The 60,000-unit opening is actually the group's smallest first-week sales debut for a studio album since 1995, when its self-titled album bowed at No. 56 with 20,000.

• Rock super group Chickenfoot enters at No. 4 with its self-titled debut, shifting 52,000. The quartet—which consists of Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony along with Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and guitar god Joe Satriani—also debuts at No. 1 on Top Independent Albums . . . Right behind Chickenfoot at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 is Taking Back Sunday's "New Again," which enters with 48,000.

• Rancid returns to the chart after a nearly six-year absence as "Let the Dominoes Fall" bows at No. 11, giving the band its best ranking. The 33,000 entrance of "Dominoes" is smaller than what greeted its last set, 2003's "Indestructible," when it jumped onto the tally at No. 15 with 51,000.

• In other "highest-charting" news, Elvis Costello's "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" sweetens up the Billboard 200 with its debut at No. 13, starting with 28,000. The set gives Costello his highest Billboard 200 rank since 1980's "Get Happy!!" peaked at No. 11.

• Rounding out the rest of the top 10 this week . . . Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" falls two slots to No. 5 (52,000; down 32%) and the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack also slips two positions to No. 6 (50,000; down 4%). Lady GaGa's "The Fame" sold 47,000 and posts a gain of 3%, but is pushed back three rungs to No. 8 courtesy of all the new entries ahead of it. Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits II" slides three slots to No. 9 with 39,000, down just 10%. And finally, the top 10's favorite gal, Taylor Swift, pulls a 9% gain with "Fearless," but drops from No. 9 to No. 10 (36,000).






MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.4 million units
• UP 10.9% from last week's charts: 5.8 million units
• DOWN 15.6% from same week, 2008: 7.6 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Disturbed's "Indestructible" blasted onto the tally at No. 1 with 253,000 while the "Now 28" compilation started at No. 2 with 185,000. The previous week's No. 1, Usher's "Here I Stand," fell to No. 3 with 145,000 (down 67%).



BORDERLINES

• The No. 1 album this week, Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" (RCA), sold 424,000.
• The No. 1 album for the same week of 2008, Disturbed's "Indestructible" (Reprise), sold 253,000.
• Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (2000-2009): 346,613.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Linkin Park claims its eighth No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart with "New Divide," from the upcoming "Transformers" film. The band is now tied for the third-most chart toppers with U2. Only Red Hot Chili Peppers (with 11) and Green Day (with nine) are ahead . . . Meanwhile, farther down the Modern Rock tally, the Fray debuts at No. 34 with its cover of Kanye West's "Heartless." It's the latest in a string of cover tunes to make the list recently following Seether's take on Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," My Chemical Romance's redux of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" and Framing Hanley's cover of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop."

• "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland rises to the top of the Hot Dance Club Songs chart this week, giving Rowland her second topper and Guetta his first . . . On the Hot Dance Airplay chart, "Love" remains locked in at No. 1 for a third week. That's the longest-running No. 1 for Guetta on that list. He reigned for two weeks with "The World Is Mine" (featuring JD Davis) in 2007 and for one frame with "Love Is Gone" (with Chris Willis) later that year. The poppy dance track is bubbling under the Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic Top 40 radio airplay charts.

• On the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Pink grabs her fifth straight top 10 hit as "Please Don't Leave Me" rises 14-10 in its ninth week on the list. It's the third top 10 from her "Funhouse" album following "So What" (No. 1 for five weeks) and "Sober" (No. 3). Her five-strong string of top 10s began in 2007 with "U + Ur Hand" (No. 1 for four weeks) and "Who Knew" (No. 1 for three weeks). All told, the singer has collected 12 top 10 singles since her April 15, 2000, chart debut.





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)," Iron Maiden's "Flight 666," Sonic Youth's "The Eternal," Aventura's "The Last," Teena Marie's "Congo Square" and Rhett Miller's self-titled set.

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Lil Wayne notched the biggest sales week of the year for an album when his "Tha Carter III" bowed with more than 1 million copies sold. Plies' "Definition of Real" arrived in second place with 215,000.