Rapper Rick Ross heads up The Billboard 200 this week with "Trilla," while new arrivals from Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and Fat Joe join him in the top 20 ... Two more "Now" albums bow -- "Now 27" and "Now That's What I Call 80's," but with decidedly mixed results ... Randy Jackson's first album as an artist bows, thanks to a little help from his friends ... In Progress Reports, we've got news on Alan Jackson, Daughtry, Maroon 5 and Dropkick Murphys.


FLASH POINTS


• It's a thrilla of a week for Rick Ross as the rapper earns his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart. His "Trilla" set bows with 198,000, an improvement compared to the 187,000 that greeted his last chart-topper, "Port of Miami," in 2006.

• Ross beats out the latest "Now" compilation in the runner-up slot -- we're on volume "27" now -- as well as Snoop Dogg's new studio effort at No. 3. "Now 27" includes such Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles as Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" and Alicia Keys' "No One." The set starts with 169,000, the lowest opening week for a regular "Now" album since the first "Now" bowed in 1998 with 48,000. Of the 27 installments of the regular "Now" line, all but four have debuted with more than 200,000.

• Snoop's "Ego Trippin'" bows at No. 3 with 137,000. The set is led by the surprise hit single "Sensual Seduction," which recently gave Snoop his first top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit over three years. Its eye-catching video also helped the clip reach No. 2 on the Hot Video Clips chart earlier in the year. Snoop's last album, 2006's "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," started at No. 5 with 264,000 in the thick of the Christmas shopping corridor. "Trippin's" 137,000 start is the lowest debut for any of Snoop's studio albums.

• Fat Joe's "Elephant in the Room" doesn't quite roar at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 with 46,000 while Miley Cyrus' "Best of Both Worlds Concert" live album lands at No. 10 with 34,000. The "Now That's What I Call 80's" compilation, the latest offshoot in the "Now" series, debuts at No. 11 with 34,000. The 20-track album, which features all of the usual suspects from that decade, was also available in a greatly expanded 80-track edition exclusive to the iTunes Store. The latter is charting separately and its sales are not counted in the 20-track version's tally.

• Randy Jackson's "Music Club, Vol. 1" enters The Billboard 200 at No. 50 with 13,000. The collaborations set boasts a number of familiar faces, including his "American Idol" co-judge, Paula Abdul. The latter is featured on the album's first single, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow," which recently became Abdul's first single to chart on The Billboard Hot 100 since "Crazy Cool" in 1995 ... While Jackson has had a hand in crafting many hit albums over the years, this is the first time he's ever received credit as an artist on any Billboard album chart.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New RICK ROSS Trilla (Slip-N-Slide / Def Jam / IDJMG) *11 New VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call The 80s (EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG)
*2 New VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 27 (EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG) *12 9 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*3 New SNOOP DOGG Ego Trippin (Doggystyle / Geffen / IGA) 13 8 ALICIA KEYS As I Am (MBK / J / RMG)
4 2 JACK JOHNSON Sleep Through The Static (Brushfire / UMRG) 14 10 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
5 1 ALAN JACKSON Good Time (Arista Nashville / SBN) *15 21 SOUNDTRACK Alvin And The Chipmunks (Fox / Razor & Tie)
*6 New FAT JOE The Elephant In The Room (Terror Squad / Imperial) 16 14 MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Hollywood / Walt Disney)
*7 7 SARA BAREILLES Little Voice (Epic / Sony Music) *17 22 JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )
8 3 JANET Discipline (Island / IDJMG) 18 20 COLBIE CAILLAT Coco (Universal Republic / UMRG)
9 6 ERYKAH BADU New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War) (Universal Motown / UMRG) 19 4 FLOGGING MOLLY Float (SideOneDummy )
*10 New MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best Of Both Worlds Concert (Hollywood / Walt Disney) *20 45 ONEREPUBLIC Dreaming Out Loud (Mosley / Interscope / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7.94 million units
• UP 3.4% from last issue's charts: 7.68 million units
• DOWN 6.6% from same week, 2007: 8.50 million units
• This week: the top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" bowed at No. 1 with 149,000, edging out the No. 2 debut of Lloyd's (144,000). The top three albums each sold more than 100,000.





BORDERLINES

• The No. 10 album this week, Miley Cyrus' "The Best of Both World Concert" (Walt Disney), sold 34,000.
• The No. 10 album for the same week of 2007, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista/Arista Nashville), sold 42,000.
• Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 63,623.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• "Small Town Southern Man," the lead single from Alan Jackson's chart-topping "Good Time" album returns him to the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for the first time in more than four years, ending the longest No. 1 drought of his career. The track is Jackson's 23rd chart-topper, and first since "Remember When" dominated for two weeks in early 2004.


• Two of Hot AC/Adult Top 40's biggest bands add to their impressive resumes, led by Daughtry, which becomes the first group since the chart's 1996 launch to notch four top five hits from a debut album. Its latest, "Feels Like Tonight," charges 6-5. The only other act to score four top fives from a debut set was Rob Thomas in 2005-06. Maroon 5 meanwhile earns its sixth consecutive top 10 on the chart, as "Won't Go Home Without You" vaults 13-10. The band has scored three top 10s apiece from each of its albums.

• Boston favorites Dropkick Murphys re-enter The Billboard 200 with "The Meanest of Times" at No. 100 with a 171% increase. The set was reissued last Tuesday (11) with five bonus tracks and a DVD. The latter features music videos and behind-the-scenes footage. The album originally debuted at No. 20 last September with 28,000.



Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 75 RICK ROSS Trilla (Slip-N-Slide / Def Jam / IDJMG)
*2 New SNOOP DOGG Ego Trippin (Doggystyle / Geffen / IGA)
*3 New FAT JOE The Elephant In The Room (Terror Squad / Imperial)
*4 New VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 27 (EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG)
5 2 ERYKAH BADU New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War) (Universal Motown / UMRG)
6 1 JANET Discipline (Island / IDJMG)
7 3 WEBBIE Savage Life 2 (Trill / Asylum / Atlantic / AG)
8 4 MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains (Matriarch / Geffen / IGA)
*9 8 THE-DREAM Love/Hate (Radio Killa / Def Jam / IDJMG)
10 5 KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 ALAN JACKSON Good Time (Arista Nashville / SBN)
2 2 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
3 4 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carnival Ride (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG/SBN)
4 3 GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl )
5 7 EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC )
6 6 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
7 5 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )
8 8 RASCAL FLATTS Still Feels Good (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
9 10 KENNY CHESNEY Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (BNA / SBN)
10 11 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 1 MICHAEL JACKSON Thriller 25 (Legacy / Epic / Sony BMG)
2 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS I Can Only Imagine: Platinum Edition (INO / Time Life)
3 3 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
4 4 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers (Tuff Gong / Island / UMe)
*5 15 THE BEATLES 1 (Apple / Capitol)
6 5 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS Greatest Hits (MCA / UMe)
*7 8 MICHAEL JACKSON Number Ones (MJJ / Epic / Sony Music)
8 6 JOURNEY Journey's Greatest Hits (Legacy / Columbia / Sony BMG)
9 7 QUEEN Greatest Hits (Hollywood )
10 9 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Flo Rida's "Mail on Sundays," Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and Yael Naim's "Yael Naim."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank" sailed in at No. 1 with 129,000. Joss Stone's "Introducing Joss Stone" landed at No. 2 with 118,000, Elliott Yamin's self-titled set bowed at No. 3 with 90,000 while Marques Houston's "Veteran" began at No. 69,000.