The Fray nabs its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its self-titled album flies in with 179,000. Other top debuts on the chart this week come in the form of Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire," Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' "Lonely Road" and the new "Kidz Bop 15" album . . . While some titles make gains as a result of the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards broadcast, the biggest jumps won't be felt until next week's chart . . . In other news, we've got updates on Kelly Clarkson's fast-rising single "My Life Would Suck Without You," Darius Rucker's second top 10 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart, Latin icon Vicente Fernandez's first No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs and the new Los Angeles group Iglu & Hartly.


FLASH POINTS

• The Fray's second album becomes the band's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the self-titled set enters at the top of the tally with 179,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily surpasses the best sales week that the band's debut set, "How to Save a Life," notched when it moved 150,000 during Christmas week of 2006. That album spent 92 weeks on the chart and spawned three Billboard Hot 100 hits: "Over My Head (Cable Car)" (No. 8), "How to Save a Life" (No. 3) and "Look After You" (No. 59). The new album's first single, "You Found Me," has already reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 and rises to No. 2 on the Adult Top 40 and No. 11 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay charts.

• Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream," slips to No. 2 with 102,000 (down 55%) in its second week.

• Dierks Bentley's new album, "Feel That Fire," lights up the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 and the pinnacle of Top Country Albums with 71,000. It's the singer's fourth straight top 10 set on the Billboard 200 and third chart-topper on Country Albums. His last studio set, 2006's "Long Trip Alone," bowed at Nos. 5 and 1 on the charts, respectively, with 82,000. On Top Country Albums, he breaks up Taylor Swift's monopoly of the top slot, as her "Fearless" album has been No. 1 for the past 12 straight weeks.

• At No. 7 on the Billboard 200, "Kidz Bop 15" starts with 58,000. It is the ninth consecutive top 10 debut for the regular "Bop" series, not counting its holiday and "Gold" titles. The collected "Kidz" albums -- including all of their assorted permutations -- have moved 9.3 million copies in the United States.

• The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' second major-label album, "Lonely Road," enters the Billboard 200 at No. 14 with 26,000. Its last set, "Don't You Fake It," debuted and peaked at No. 25 in 2006 with an opening frame of 25,000. The album ultimately charted for 62 weeks on the list and launched the No. 3 Modern Rock radio airplay hit "Face Down."

• Though the Grammy Awards ceremony was held on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 8 (the final day of the tracking week reflected in today's Billboard 200 chart), the CBS broadcast still makes waves on this week's charts. Most gains likely come as a result of download purchases on Sunday night after the show. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' album of the year winner "Raising Sand" re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 68 with 9,000 and a gain of 286%. Of its nearly 7,000-unit gain, 79% of it came from downloads. The same story unfolds with best new artist winner Adele and her "19" set. The album earns the Billboard 200's biggest percentage increase (up 89% at No. 27) and of its 8,000-unit gain, 82% of it was made up of downloads. Next week we'll see the full impact of the show on the charts.




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New THE FRAY The Fray (Epic / Sony Music) 11 10 BRITNEY SPEARS Circus (Jive / JLG)
2 1 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Working On A Dream (Columbia / Sony Music) 12 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Grammy Nominees 2009 (Grammy / Rhino)
*3 New DIERKS BENTLEY Feel That Fire (Capitol Nashville ) *13 17 JASON MRAZ We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (Atlantic / AG)
*4 2 TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine ) *14 New THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS Lonely Road (Virgin / Capitol)
5 3 BEYONCE I Am...Sasha Fierce (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music) *15 14 PINK Funhouse (LaFace / JLG)
*6 4 NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner ) *16 19 LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA)
*7 New KIDZ BOP KIDS Kidz Bop 15 (Razor & Tie ) 17 13 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 29 (Universal / EMI / Sony Music / JLG / UMe)
*8 7 JAMIE FOXX Intuition (J / RMG) 18 12 SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)
9 5 KANYE WEST 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) *19 16 T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)
10 8 KEYSHIA COLE A Different Me (Imani / Geffen / IGA) 20 15 AKON Freedom (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week






MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7.3 million units
• UP 12.5% from last week's charts: 6.5 million units
• DOWN 13.1% from same week, 2008: 8.4 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" bowed at No. 1 with 375,000 while Sheryl Crow's "Detours" drove in at No. 2 with 92,000.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 50 album this week, AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony Music), sold 12,000.
• The No. 50 album for the same week of 2008, Paramore's "Riot!" (Fueled by Ramen/AG), sold 16,000.
• Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (2000-2009): 24,002.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• Dierks Bentley collects his sixth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs as the title track from his new album "Feel That Fire" hits the top this week. He earned his first No. 1 with his debut single, "What Was I Thinkin'," back in September 2003. Since then, he's notched No. 1s with "Come a Little Closer," "Settle for a Slowdown," "Every Mile a Memory" and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" . . . Elsewhere on Hot Country Songs, Darius Rucker claims his second top 10 single as "It Won't Be Like This for Long" climbs from No. 11 to No. 8 in its 17th chart week. The Hootie and the Blowfish frontman previously reached No. 1 with "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" in October of last year.

• On the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, Kelly Clarkson scores her eighth top 10 single as "My Life Would Suck Without You" zips from No. 11 to No. 9 in only its fourth week on the chart. That's the fastest rise to the top 10 since "Live Your Life" by T.I. featuring Rihanna also only took four weeks last November. No other single made a faster climb last year.

• New group Iglu & Hartly debuts at No. 36 on the Modern Rock radio airplay chart with "In This City." The quintet, which hails from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, took the single to No. 5 last year on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. This is the act's maiden voyage on any Billboard chart. Iglu & Hartly's album "And Then Boom" was released digitally last October and has sold about 1,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The physical version of "Boom" hits streets in April.

• With his landmark 50th hit on Hot Latin Songs, icon Vicente Fernandez earns his first No. 1, as "El Ultimo Beso" soars from No. 5 to No. 1 (with 12 million audience impressions, up 16%). Fernandez first charted in January 1987, a few months after the chart's debut in October 1986. He had previously risen as high as No. 2 twice, including with his last single, "Para Siempre." "Beso" concurrently becomes Fernandez's seventh No. 1 and fourth in a row on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart, where it moves from No. 3 to No. 1.


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You," India.Arie's "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics," the Lonely Island's "Incredibad," the 20th-anniversary reissue of Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique" and Dan Auerbach's "Keep It Hid."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" remained at No. 1 with 180,000 in its second week (down 52% in sales), holding off the surging "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse, which zoomed from No. 24 to No. 2 with 115,000 after her multiple Grammy Award wins (up 368%).