Young Jeezy claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "The Recession" starts in the penthouse with 260,000 . . . His last studio set, 2006's "The Inspiration," also began atop the list, but with 352,000 . . . Also this week, New Kids on the Block debut at No. 2 with "The Block," the reunited quintet's highest-charting album since 1990's "Step by Step" hit No. 1 . . . Rock band Underoath climbs in at No. 8, Chris Tomlin nets a record-high week with his debut at No. 9 while Donnie Klang's debut effort starts at No. 19 . . . In Progress Reports we've got updates on Brad Paisley's historic No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Donna Summer's return to the Adult Contemporary chart and how Jody Watley is strapping on her dance shoes again.


FLASH POINTS

• After last week's drama-infused showdown at No. 1, where we saw a neck-and-neck race between debuts from Slipknot and the Game, it's nice to have a slightly less exciting chart this week. That said, Young Jeezy earns his second chart-topper as "The Recession" bows atop the Billboard 200 with 260,000. His first No. 1 came with "The Inspiration" in 2006 when it debuted with 352,000.

• Last week's No. 1, Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone," slides to No. 5 with 75,000 (down 69%), while the Game's "LAX" slides from No. 2 to No. 3 in its second week (89,000; down 63%).

• This week's Billboard 200 chart sees the return of New Kids on the Block, as the group's new album "The Block" debuts at No. 2 with 95,000. It's the first studio set for the reunited quintet since 1994's "Face the Music" debuted and peaked at No. 37 with 27,000 and the highest-charting album for the group since "Step by Step" hit No. 1 in 1990. The new album was led by the single "Summertime," which peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the New Kids' highest-charting single since "If You Go Away" went to No. 16 in 1992 ... NKOTB's tour begins Sept. 18 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.

• Rock band Underoath climbs in at No. 8 with "Lost in the Sound of Separation," starting with 56,000. It also debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums. The act's last studio set, 2006's "Define the Great Line," arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 and No. 1 on Top Christian Albums . . . Chris Tomlin nets his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 -- and his best sales week -- as "Hello Love" begins at No. 9 with 52,000. On Top Christian Albums, it enters at No. 2 -- Tomlin's second chart-topper there . . . Back on the Billboard 200, Donnie Klang, a former "Making the Band 4" contestant, arrives at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 with his debut solo album, "Just a Rolling Stone" (22,000). Earlier this year, the group that formed from "Making the Band 4" -- Day26 -- saw its album debut and peak at No. 1 with 190,000. The album only spent nine weeks on the Billboard 200.

• Other debuts on the Billboard 200 this week include . . . Brian Wilson's "That Lucky Old Sun" (No. 21 with 21,000), Hollywood Undead's "Swan Songs" (No. 22 with 21,000), Terrence Howard's "Shine Through It" (No. 31 with 14,000) and the soundtrack to the made-for-the-Web musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog" (No. 39 with 12,000).




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New YOUNG JEEZY The Recession (CTE / Def Jam / IDJMG) 11 8 SUGARLAND Love On The Inside (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)
*2 New NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK The Block (Interscope / IGA) 12 10 COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )
3 2 THE GAME LAX (Geffen / IGA) 13 12 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
4 3 KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG) 14 11 MILEY CYRUS Breakout (Hollywood )
5 1 SLIPKNOT All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner ) 15 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Country (Capitol Nashville / Sony BMG / Universal / UMGN)
6 4 JONAS BROTHERS A Little Bit Longer (Hollywood ) *16 21 JASON MRAZ We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (Atlantic / AG)
7 5 SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca ) 17 13 STAIND The Illusion Of Progress (Flip / Atlantic / AG)
*8 New UNDEROATH Lost In The Sound Of Separation (Solid State / Tooth & Nail) 18 16 SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney )
*9 New CHRIS TOMLIN Hello Love (Sixsteps / Sparrow) *19 New DONNIE KLANG Just A Rolling Stone (Bad Boy / AG)
10 6 LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG) 20 19 LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.75 million units
• DOWN 5.6% from last issue's charts: 7.15 million units
• DOWN 8.2% from same week, 2007: 7.36 million units
• This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: The "High School Musical 2" soundtrack held on to the No. 1 spot for a fourth week, shifting 165,000 units. A lone album debuted in the top 40 -- Chiodos' "Bone Palace Ballet" at No. 5 with 39,000. Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 100 album this week, Estelle's "Shine" (Atlantic), sold 5,000.
• The No. 100 album for the same week of 2007, Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits Vol. 2: Reflected" (Curb), sold 6,000.
• Average total of the No. 100 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 10,459.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• Brad Paisley claims his eighth consecutive non-holiday No. 1 single on Hot Country Songs as "Waitin' On a Woman" ascends to the top slot. His No. 1 streak began with "When I Get Where I'm Going" (featuring Dolly Parton) when it hit No. 1 on March 4, 2006. Since then he's hit the top with "The World," "She's Everything," "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me" and "I'm Still a Guy" ... We note the "non-holiday" clause because in late 2006, five holiday tunes from Paisley's then-new Christmas album charted thanks to unsolicited airplay. None of those were considered official singles . . . "Waitin' " is the fifth No. 1 from Paisley's "5th Gear" album, making it the first to produce five No. 1s on Hot Country Songs since Rodney Crowell's "Diamonds and Dirt" in 1988-89.

• Donna Summer's "Sand on My Feet" debuts at No. 30 on the Adult Contemporary chart -- the diva's first AC hit since 1989. That's when "This Time I Know It's for Real" peaked at No. 2 for four weeks. Overall, Summer has notched 16 Adult Contemporary hits, stretching back to 1976's "Could It Be Magic," which peaked at No. 47 . . . The new "Sand on My Feet" is lifted from Summer's studio set "Crayons," which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The Burgundy set has so far sold 66,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Two earlier singles from the album -- "I'm a Fire" and "Stamp Your Feet" -- both reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

• Speaking of the Hot Dance Club Play chart, another diva, Jody Watley, returns to the tally this week with "A Beautiful Life" at No. 47. It's her 17th solo hit on the Dance Club Play chart and the follow-up to her 2007 No. 1 single "I Want Your Love." All told, she's racked up 15 top 10s, with seven of those reaching No. 1.



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Metallica's "Death Magnetic," Jessica Simpson's "Do You Know," Natalie Cole's "Still Unforgettable" and LL Cool J's "Exit 13."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: The battle for No. 1 between Kanye West and 50 Cent yielded a win for the former as "Graduation" started with 957,000. 50 Cent's "Curtis" bowed wtih 691,000, while Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am" landed at No. 3 with 387,000. The top four albums each sold more than 100,000.

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