Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," tying him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles, with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Garth Brooks returns to the album charts after a nearly six-year absence ... Chris Brown isn't in a sophomore slump as his second album starts strong ... Cassidy claims his third top 10 set on The Billboard 200 while Angels & Airwaves climb into the top 10 as well with their latest effort ... In Progress Reports, we have updates on Dierks Bentley, Timbaland and the return of the Holiday Songs chart.


FLASH POINTS


• Jay-Z finds himself in rare company this week, as he becomes only the third artist to score a 10th album at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "American Gangster" debuts atop the chart with 425,000. The achievement ties him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles, with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Jay-Z also maintains his lead as the artist with the most debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as all 10 of his chart-toppers started in the penthouse ... Since 1998, all eight of Jay-Z's solo studio albums hit No. 1 in addition to his "Collision Course" project with Linkin Park and his "Unfinished Business" collaborations set with R. Kelly. Upon closer inspection of his chart history, since 1998, all of Jay's albums have hit No. 1 except for an "MTV Unplugged" set (No. 31), his first R. Kelly matchup with "The Best of Both Worlds" (No. 2), a single-disc distillation of his two-CD "Blueprint 2" album titled "Blueprint 2.1" (No. 17) and the acappella version of "The Black Album" (No. 106) ... Why are we tying everything to 1998? Well, that year brought us his breakthrough set "Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life," which still is Jay's longest-running No. 1 album, with five weeks atop The Billboard 200. Previous to that album, he peaked at No. 23 with "Reasonable Doubt" in 1996 and No. 3 with "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1" in 1997.

• Last week's No. 1, Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden," slips to No. 2 with 359,000 (down 49%). It holds at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, fending off a debut from Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits." The latter set starts at No. 2 on Top Country Albums and at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 352,000. Brooks last visited the two charts back in 2001, when "The Magic of Christmas -- Songs From 'Call Me Claus' " reached the lists. Brooks' last studio set, 2001's "Scarecrow," debuted at No. 1 on the big chart and the country tally with 466,000. The new "Ultimate Hits" boasts 30 hits and four new songs, including the album's first single, "More Than a Memory." The latter made chart history when it became the first single to ever debut at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in September. This week the song bullets at No. 4.

• Chris Brown's sophomore set "Exclusive" makes a splashy bow at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with 294,000. His self-titled debut started at No. 2 with 154,000 in December 2005. His new album's second single, "Kiss Kiss," has been parked at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the past two weeks and may likely hold there once the new chart is released later today (Nov. 14) ... Angels & Airwaves' second album, "I-Empire," begins at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 with 66,000. The band's first set, "We Don't Need to Whisper," bowed higher, at No. 4, with 127,000 in May 2006 ... Cassidy returns to The Billboard 200 with "B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story" at No. 10 shifting 63,000. It's the rapper's first album since he did eight months in a correctional facility for involuntary manslaughter and then later got into a near-fatal car accident in 2006. His last release, 2005's "I'm a Hustla," started at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 with 93,000.

• Other debuts on The Billboard 200 include Wisin y Yandel's "Los Extraterrestres" (No. 14, with 53,000), Little Big Town's "A Place to Land" (No. 24, with 35,000), the soundtrack to "American Gangster" (No. 36, with 21,000), the Starbucks-exclusive Christmas album "Stockings by the Fire" (No. 43, with 18,000), Van Morrison's latest hits set "Still on Top" (No. 48, with 18,000), Jimmy Buffett's "Live in Anguilla" (No. 54, with 15,000), Sigur Ros' "Hvarf/Heim" (No. 58, with 15,000) and Demon Hunter's "Storm the Gates of Hell" (No. 85, with 10,000).




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New JAY-Z American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) *11 11 SOUNDTRACK High School Musical 2 (Walt Disney )
2 1 EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC ) *12 15 REBA MCENTIRE Reba Duets (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*3 New GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl ) *13 28 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury (Nashville) / UMGN)
*4 New CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba) *14 New WISIN & YANDEL Wisin Vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres (Machete )
5 3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carnival Ride (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG/SBN) *15 13 COLBIE CAILLAT Coco (Universal Republic / UMRG)
*6 8 JOSH GROBAN Noel (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.) 16 6 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )
7 2 BRITNEY SPEARS Blackout (Jive / Zomba) 17 10 RASCAL FLATTS Still Feels Good (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*8 26 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine ) 18 9 ANDREA BOCELLI The Best Of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere (Sugar / Decca / Universal Classics Group)
*9 New ANGELS AND AIRWAVES I-Empire (Suretone / Geffen / IGA) 19 5 JOSH TURNER Everything Is Fine (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*10 New CASSIDY B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story (Full Surface / J / RMG) *20 16 MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 9.95 million units
• UP 7.5% from last issue's charts: 9.25 million units
• DOWN 16.8% from same week, 2006: 11.95 million units
• This week: The top six albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: the "Now 23" album bowed at No. 1 with 337,000. Josh Groban's "Awake" started at No. 2 with 270,000 while Keith Urban's "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing" debuted at No. 3 with 270,000. Sugarland's sophomore set, "Enjoy the Ride," began at No. 4 with 211,000 while Jim Jones' "Hustler's P.O.M.E." entered at No. 6 with 106,000. The top six albums each sold more than 100,000.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 10 album this week, Cassidy's "B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story" (Full Surface/J), sold 63,000.
• The No. 10 album for the same week of 2006, Dave Matthews Band's "The Best of What's Around" (Bama Rags/RCA), sold 65,000.
• Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 89,167.



PROGRESS REPORTS



• Dierks Bentley claims his fifth No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart as "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" jumps from No. 2 to No. 1. In its 25th week on the chart, the third single from his album "Long Trip Alone" marks Bentley's longest trek to the top. His debut single, "What Was I Thinkin'," needed 24 weeks to hit the summit in September 2003. His quickest ascent came with his last No. 1, "Every Mile a Memory" (17 weeks) in the Oct. 27, 2006, issue. Except for his last single, the album's title cut, Bentley has now reached No. 1 with four of his last five entries.

• On the CHR/Top 40 radio airplay chart, Timbaland's "Apologize" registered 10,051 plays, holding at No. 1 on the tally for a second week. It becomes the second song in the history of the chart to top 10,000 plays in a week. Earlier this year, Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" exceeded that threshold for three weeks, hitting a high of 10,092 spins on the chart dated Aug. 3. "Apologize" looks poised to break the format record next week, as it gains 526 plays, the chart's fifth-best increase.

• As several Adult Contemporary radio stations have already switched to all-holiday programming, we have welcomed back the Holiday Songs chart to billboard.com and billboard.biz. The Holiday Songs chart ranks all seasonal titles, regardless of year of release. Only holiday songs released for the first time in 2007 will be eligible to appear on the current Adult Contemporary tally and any of our other current charts ... The top 10 starts with Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" at No. 1 followed by Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Nat "King" Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)," Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock," Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Andy Williams' "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," Johnny Mathis' "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad."



Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 74 JAY-Z American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)
*2 New CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba)
*3 New CASSIDY B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story (Full Surface / J / RMG)
*4 2 KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA)
*5 New SOUNDTRACK American Gangster (Mercury / IDJMG)
*6 7 J. HOLIDAY Back Of My Lac' (Music Line / Capitol)
7 5 KANYE WEST Graduation (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)
8 4 JILL SCOTT The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3 (Hidden Beach )
9 8 SOULJA BOY TELL'EM souljaboytellem.com (ColliPark / Interscope / IGA)
10 10 TREY SONGZ Trey Day (Song Book / Atlantic / AG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC )
*2 New GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl )
3 2 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carnival Ride (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG/SBN)
*4 8 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*5 6 REBA MCENTIRE Reba Duets (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*6 9 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
7 4 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )
8 5 RASCAL FLATTS Still Feels Good (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
9 3 JOSH TURNER Everything Is Fine (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*10 New LITTLE BIG TOWN Place To Land (Equity )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 3 POINT OF GRACE Winter Wonderland (Word-Curb / Warner Bros.)
*2 6 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA The Lost Christmas Eve (Lava / AG)
3 2 EAGLES The Very Best Of (Warner Strategic Marketing )
*4 7 MICHAEL BUBLE Let It Snow! (EP) (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
5 1 EAGLES Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Asylum / Elektra)
*6 31 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Christmas! 3 (EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / Sony Music)
*7 17 CELTIC WOMAN A Christmas Celebration (Manhattan / BLG)
*8 26 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Christmas Eve And Other Stories (Lava / AG)
*9 18 THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA/THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR (ALLDIS) Handel: The Messiah (Sparrow )
10 11 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Alicia Keys' "As I Am," Celine Dion's "Taking Chances," Led Zeppelin's "Mothership," the compilations "Now 26" and "Now Party Hits," and Seal's "System."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: the Game's "Doctor's Advocate" bowed at No. 1 with 358,000 while Akon's "Konvicted" arrived at No. 2 with 284,000. The top six albums each sold more than 100,000.

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