Metallica's "Death Magnetic" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week on the Billboard 200 while new arrivals from Ne-Yo, Nelly, Darius Rucker, DJ Khaled and Buckcherry all start in the top 10 . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on yet another No. 1 single for Rihanna, the continuing Adult Contemporary success of Daughtry and a third Modern Rock No. 1 for the Offspring.


FLASH POINTS

• Metallica's "Death Magnetic" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, shifting 337,000 (down a slight 31%) in its sophomore frame. Since the album was released on a Friday (Sept. 12) -- and its debut at No. 1 last week was based on only three days of sales -- its second week at No. 1 is its first with a full week's worth of sales. Figure that's also why the album has a relatively skimpy 31% decline in its second chart week.

• Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" gives the singer his third album to reach the top two on the Billboard 200 as it arrives at No. 2 with 250,000. It follows his 2006 debut, "In My Own Words" (No. 1 with a bow of 301,000), and 2007's "Because of You" (No. 1 with a 251,000 entry). Don't cry for Ne-Yo, as "Gentleman" gives him his third consecutive No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In fact, he's the only male artist to debut at No. 1 on that chart with his first three albums.

• It's important to note that many albums one assume debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums actually charted a week early due to street-date violation sales. For example, while Alicia Keys has started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with all four of her albums, over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, her second effort, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," debuted at No. 61 a week early before zooming to No. 1 the following week.

• Nelly's "Brass Knuckles" debuts at No. 3 with 84,000 on the Billboard 200 with the rapper's first studio set since 2004. That was when he dropped two separate albums on the same day -- "Suit" and "Sweat." They debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.

• Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with "Learn to Live" (60,000). It's the second week in a row we've seen a singer from another genre cross over and hit No. 1 on the Country Albums chart, following last week's penthouse debut of Jessica Simpson's "Do You Know" . . . Rucker also celebrates another No. 1 this week as well. On Hot Country Songs, his single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" has hit the top.

• DJ Khaled notches his third top 20 album as "We Global" enters at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 49,000. His first two charting albums -- 2006's "Listennn: The Album" and 2007's "We the Best" -- debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8 . . . Rock band Buckcherry earns its best sales week and highest-charting album as "Black Butterfly" swoops in at No. 8 with 47,000. Previously, the band went as far as No. 39 with its last album, "15," and had never sold more than 26,000 in a single week with any album.




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 METALLICA Death Magnetic (Warner Bros. ) 11 6 JONAS BROTHERS A Little Bit Longer (Hollywood )
*2 New NE-YO Year Of The Gentleman (Def Jam / IDJMG) 12 5 SLIPKNOT All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner )
*3 New NELLY Brass Knuckles (Derrty / Universal / UMRG) 13 10 SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca )
4 3 KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG) 14 12 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
*5 New DARIUS RUCKER Learn To Live (Capitol Nashville ) 15 13 SUGARLAND Love On The Inside (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)
6 2 YOUNG JEEZY The Recession (CTE / Def Jam / IDJMG) *16 New ALL THAT REMAINS Overcome (Prosthetic / Razor & Tie)
*7 New DJ KHALED We Global (We The Best / Terror Squad / Koch) 17 15 COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )
*8 New BUCKCHERRY Black Butterfly (Eleven Seven / Atlantic / AG) 18 4 JESSICA SIMPSON Do You Know (Epic / Columbia (Nashville) / SBN)
9 8 LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG) *19 New RAPHAEL SAADIQ The Way I See It (Columbia / Sony Music)
10 7 THE GAME LAX (Geffen / IGA) 20 17 MILEY CYRUS Breakout (Hollywood )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.92 million units
• UP 1.1% from last issue's charts: 6.84 million units
• DOWN 16.5% from same week, 2007: 8.29 million units
• This week: the top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Reba McEntire claimed her first No. 1 on the chart as "Duets" landed with 301,000 in its premiere week. The previous week's No. 1, Kanye West's "Graduation," slipped to No. 2 with 226,000 (down 76%). The top five albums each sold more than 100,000.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 200 album this week, Kenny Lattimore's "Timeless" (Verve), sold 3,000.
• The No. 200 album for the same week of 2007, Celtic Woman's "A New Journey" (Manhattan), sold 3,000.
• Average total of the No. 200 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 4,839.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• Daughtry is the first act to score five singles on the Adult Contemporary chart from a debut album in 17 years, as "What About Now" bows at No. 29. The ballad follows "It's Not Over" (No. 18), "Home" (No. 1 for 11 weeks), "Over You" (No. 16) and "Feels Like Tonight" (No. 5). The last new act to arrive with a quintet of Adult Contemporary hits was Wilson Phillips in 1990-91. The trio topped the chart with "Hold On," "Release Me" and "You're in Love," and added top five hits with "Impulsive" (No. 2) and "The Dream Is Still Alive" (No. 4).

• The Offspring claims its third career Modern Rock chart-topper, as the prophetically titled "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" steps 2-1. The quartet hit the top spot on its first try with "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" in July 1994 and waited nearly a decade for its second pole-sitter, "Hit That," in February 2004. The nine-week climb to No. 1 for "Kid" is the group's quickest, besting the 10-week rise of "Play."

• On the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Rihanna claims her third No. 1 as "Disturbia" climbs to the pole position in its 14th week on the chart. She previously hit the top with "SOS" and "Take a Bow." (Curiously, her ubiquitous "Umbrella" peaked at No. 2 for two weeks, stuck behind Justin Timberlake's "Summer Love.")


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the Pussycat Dolls' "Doll Domination," Kings of Leon's "Only by the Night," Demi Lovato's "Don't Forget," Joe's "Joe Thomas, New Man," Bette Midler's "Jackpot" and TV on the Radio's "Dear Science."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: All of the top four titles were debuts, led by Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (547,000), Keyshia Cole's "Just Like You" (281,000), Foo Fighters' "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace" (168,000) and Jill Scott's "Real Thing: Words and Sounds Volume 3" (148,000). The top six albums each sold more than 100,000.