Kelly Clarkson bows atop the Billboard 200 with her second No. 1 album, "All I Ever Wanted," shifting 255,000. It's her fourth album overall, but her first chart-topper since her "Thankful" debut in 2003 . . . Other big arrivals on the chart come from the-Dream, J. Holiday, Chris Cornell and New Found Glory . . . In Progress Reports, we've got news on Darius Rucker's back-to-back No. 1 hits on Hot Country Songs, a blast from the past at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart with Pearl Jam and a new chart-topper for Beyonce on the Hot Dance Club Play tally.
Kelly Clarkson nets her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her fourth effort, "All I Ever Wanted," climbs in to the penthouse with 255,000. Her first chart-topper came with her debut set, "Thankful," which began with 297,000 in 2003. She followed it up with "Breakaway" in 2004 (a No. 3 debut with 250,000) and 2007's "My December" (No. 2 with 291,000).
Clarkson's return to the top of the chart has got to be a welcome relief after the relatively poor performance of "My December." The latter set started off well with 291,000, but fell off the chart after just 18 weeks and has only sold 788,000 in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That pales in comparison with "Breakaway," which has moved 6.1 million. "December" was hobbled to a degree by its lead single "Never Again," which essentially tanked at radio, peaking at No. 47 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. It was the only track to chart from the "December" album.
In contrast, the new album's first single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," is off to a roaring start. Last week it was bulleted at No. 12 on Hot 100 Airplay and already hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to its strong out-of-the-gate digital download sales.
During release week, Clarkson played ABC's "Good Morning America," "Live With Regis and Kelly," Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "Saturday Night Live." No doubt that TV played a huge factor in pumping up the big week for "Wanted."
Clarkson leads a debut-heavy Billboard 200 chart this week, as five more albums debut in the top 20 of the tally. The-Dream floats in with "Love Vs. Money" at No. 2 with 151,000, J. Holiday's "Round 2" rings the bell at No. 4 with 55,000, Chris Cornell's "Scream" enters at No. 10 with 26,000, New Found Glory's "Not Without a Fight" bows at No. 12 with 23,000, and the "Punk Goes Pop Vol. 2" compilation starts at No. 15 with 21,000.
Last week's No. 1, U2's "No Line on the Horizon," drops to the No. 3 slot with 132,000 -- down nearly 73% in its second week.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted (S / 19 / RCA / Sony Music)||11||7||THE FRAY The Fray (Epic / Sony Music)|
|*2||New||THE-DREAM Love VS Money (Radio Killa / Def Jam / IDJMG)||*12||New||NEW FOUND GLORY Not Without A Fight (Epitaph )|
|3||1||U2 No Line On The Horizon (Island / Interscope / IGA)||13||10||T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)|
|*4||New||J. HOLIDAY Round 2 (Music Line / Capitol)||*14||16||SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)|
|5||2||TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine )||*15||New||VARIOUS ARTISTS Punk Goes Pop Volume Two (Fearless )|
|*6||4||LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA)||16||11||KANYE WEST 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|7||5||NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner )||17||3||NEKO CASE Middle Cyclone (Anti- / Epitaph)|
|8||8||BEYONCE I Am...Sasha Fierce (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)||18||20||KINGS OF LEON Only By The Night (RCA / RMG)|
|9||6||JAMIE FOXX Intuition (J / RMG)||19||18||BRITNEY SPEARS Circus (Jive / JLG)|
|*10||New||CHRIS CORNELL Scream (Mosley / Interscope / IGA)||20||17||PINK Funhouse (LaFace / JLG)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 6.6 million units
DOWN 6.2% from last week's charts: 7. million units
DOWN 16.6% from same week, 2008: 7.9 million units
This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Rick Ross' "Trilla" thrilled at No. 1 in its debut week with 198,000. The "Now 27" compilation started in the runner-up slot with 167,000, while Snoop Dogg's "Ego Trippin' " entered at No. 3 (137,000).
The No. 1 album this week, Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA/RMG), sold 255,000.
The No. 1 album for the same week of 2008, Rick Ross' "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam/IDJMG), sold 198,000.
Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (2000-2009): 223,741.
Pearl Jam earns its fourth No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart as "Brother" rises from No. 4 to No. 1. With last week's leader, Incubus' "Love Hurts," ranking at No. 2, Epic claims back-to-back No. 1s and the top two spots for the first time in the chart's 20-year history . . . "Brother," one of six unreleased tracks from the March 24 reissue of Pearl Jam's debut album, "Ten," follows the band's previous No. 1s "Daughter" (1993), "Who You Are" (1996) and "World Wide Suicide" (2006).
Darius Rucker becomes the first male artist to send his first two entries on the Hot Country Songs chart to No. 1 since Clay Walker 15 years ago, as "It Won't Be Like This for Long" ascends 2-1. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," the first single from his debut country album, "Learn to Live," led for two weeks in October. Rucker is just the third male artist to begin with back-to-back No. 1s on the tally in the last 20 years, joining Walker and Clint Black.
Beyonce collects her ninth No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Diva," her second chart-topper from her "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce" album. Previously, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" hit the top . . . As part of Destiny's Child, the diva earned three No. 1s: "Independent Women Part I," "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier."
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Randy Travis' "I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis" and "Three Wooden Crosses: The Inspirational Hits," the physical bow of the Script's "The Script," Static-X's "Cult of Static," Willie Nelson's "Naked Willie" and a special edition of the soundtrack to "Twilight."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" debuted at No. 1 with 236,000 while Flo Rida's "Mail on Sunday" began at No. 4 with 86,000. The previous week's champ, Rick Ross' "Trilla," fell to No. 3 with 90,000 (down 54%).