Reba McEntire achieves her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as her "Reba Duets" set enters atop the tally ... Selling 301,000, the star-studded collaborations album also gives the country queen her best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 and her 10th No. 1 on Top Country Albums ... The Billboard 200 is boasting a bevy of debuts this week, including high bows from Barry Manilow, Chamillionaire, James Blunt, Twista, HIM, KT Tunstall and Eddie Vedder ... In other news this week, Pink's "I'm Not Dead" album continues to be anything but dormant as its latest single, "Who Knew," hits No. 1 on the CHR/Top 40 radio chart, Carrie Underwood snares her fifth top 10 single on Hot Country Songs and Celine Dion returns with the title track from her new album "Taking Chances."


FLASH POINTS



• Reba McEntire lays claim to her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Reba Duets" enters with 301,000. That's the country queen's best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Her previous best frame came when "Greatest Hits Volume Two" moved 183,000 during the Christmas week of 1993 ... "Duets" is a star-studded affair where McEntire collaborates with a wide array of music celebs. Acts joining her on the project include Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake. The latter two joined McEntire on the Wednesday, Sept. 19, edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," where they performed two songs from "Duets."

• It's one thing to have a superstar lineup of guests to draw interest in an album. It's another to get Winfrey on your side ... Nielsen SoundScan's Building album charts indicate that sales for "Duets" grew greatly following the "Oprah" episode. Unweighted first-day sales from the eight accounts that report to SoundScan's Building charts gave "Duets" 69,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Then, at the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 20, the album had grown to 154,000 (a 127% jump). Compare that with another new release from last Tuesday, James Blunt's "All the Lost Souls." The singer's set moved 27,000 that day at those eight accounts while by Thursday it had grown to 46,000 (a 68% increase) ... Aside from "Oprah," McEntire also visited "Good Morning America" and "The View" (both on Sept. 20) last week. She stopped by "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" last night (Sept. 25) and chatted up "Larry King Live" Sept. 24.

• "Duets" gives McEntire her 10th No. 1 on Top Country Albums, stretching back to 1986's "Whoever's in New England." McEntire is now tied with Loretta Lynn for the most No. 1s on Top Country Albums among all female artists.

• Aside from all this Reba hullabaloo, there is still a heck of a lot more action to talk about on The Billboard 200 this week. Last week's No. 1, Kanye West's "Graduation," takes a huge tumble in its second week, selling 226,000 at No. 2, a decline of 76%. Meanwhile, 50 Cent's "Curtis" slips from No. 2 to No. 3, shifting 143,000, an erosion of 79%. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates" falls from No. 3 to No. 5, selling 112,000 with a 71% decline. Steep drops, yes, but they were expected. Though it's normal for albums that start with very large numbers to drop dramatically in their second week, the much-hyped race for No. 1 last week likely drove sales even higher, setting up the inevitable second-week slide. Since the beginning of 2005, there have been 16 albums that started in the top 10 but declined by at least 70% in their second week. Of those, the biggest drop belongs to Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come," which fell 79% in its second frame following a 680,000 bow in November 2006.

• Barry Manilow scores his third top five album in a row on The Billboard 200 as "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies" debuts at No. 4 with 113,000. It's the first time the singer has managed the feat, though he came close in the late '70s when he had six straight top 10 albums. The new set, the third in his "Greatest" series, finds Manilow covering such tunes as "The Way We Were," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "You've Got a Friend" and "The Long and Winding Road." As a perk to his fans, the set also includes a bevy of '70s Manilow hits reinterpreted by the singer himself.

• Other debuts in the top 10 this week include Blunt's "All the Lost Souls" at No. 7 (92,000); Chamillionaire's "Ultimate Victory" at No. 8 (79,000); KT Tunstall's sophomore set, "Drastic Fantastic," at No. 9 (50,000); and Twista's "Adrenaline Rush 2007" at No. 10 (41,000) ... And that's just the tip of the debut iceberg this week on The Billboard 200. In total, 31 albums bow on the big chart. Among the highlights: Eddie Vedder's "Into the Wild" soundtrack (No. 11 with 39,000), HIM's "Venus Doom" at No. 12 (38,000), Gloria Estefan's new tropical effort for Burgundy Records (No. 25 with 24,000) and U.K. opera import Paul Potts and his "One Chance" debut (No. 30 with 22,000).



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New REBA MCENTIRE Reba Duets (MCA Nashville / UMGN) *11 New EDDIE VEDDER Into The Wild (Soundtrack) (Monkey Wrench / J / RMG)
2 1 KANYE WEST Graduation (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) *12 New HIM Venus Doom (Sire / Warner Bros.)
3 2 50 CENT Curtis (Shady / Aftermath / Interscope / IGA) 13 5 MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood )
*4 New BARRY MANILOW The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies (Arista / RMG) 14 6 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope / IGA)
5 3 KENNY CHESNEY Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (BNA / SBN) 15 7 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner )
6 4 SOUNDTRACK High School Musical 2 (Walt Disney ) *16 New MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph )
*7 New JAMES BLUNT All The Lost Souls (Custard / Atlantic / AG) 17 8 COLBIE CAILLAT Coco (Universal Republic / UMRG)
*8 New CHAMILLIONAIRE Ultimate Victory (Chamillitary / Universal Motown / UMRG) 18 10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
*9 New KT TUNSTALL Drastic Fantastic (Relentless / Virgin) *19 New DIANA KRALL The Very Best Of Diana Krall (Verve / VG)
*10 New TWISTA Adrenaline Rush 2007 (Atlantic / AG) *20 New DROPKICK MURPHYS The Meanest Of Times (Born & Bred )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.29 million units
• DOWN 9.5% from last issue's charts: 9.16 million units
• DOWN 13.8% from same week, 2006: 9.62 million units
• This week: the top five albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" held at No. 1 for a second week, shifting 228,000 (down 67% from its bow). Clay Aiken's "A Thousand Different Ways" started in the runner-up slot with 211,000. Fergie's "The Dutchess" began at No. 3 with 158,000 while Kenny Chesney's "LIVE: Live Those Songs Again" started at No. 4 (146,000). The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 50 album this week, Plain White T's' "Every Second Counts" (Fearless/Hollywood), sold 13,000.
• The No. 50 album for the same week of 2006, Mushroomhead's "Savior Sorrow" (Filthy Hands/Megaforce), sold 18,000.
• Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 21,136.



PROGRESS REPORTS



• Pink posts back-to-back No. 1s on the CHR/Top 40 radio chart as "Who Knew" rises from No. 2 to No. 1 four months after "U + Ur Hand" topped the list. Pink is the second artist, following labelmate Justin Timberlake, to claim multiple No. 1s this year. The last female to scale the summit with successive singles was Mariah Carey, whose "Shake It Off" followed "We Belong Together" in 2005. "Knew" is Pink's fourth career No. 1 to go along with four other tracks that peaked at No. 2. All told, she's the artist with the most top two singles in the 15-year history of the CHR/Top 40 chart. Carey is in second place with seven top two singles, while Boyz II Men and Jennifer Lopez each have six. Speaking of Lopez, her single "Do It Well" is poised to enter the CHR/Top 40 chart next week. It's the first offering from her "Brave" album, due Oct. 9.

• Carrie Underwood scores her fifth top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart, all in the last two years, as "So Small" climbs from No. 11 to No. 10. Three of her previous top 10 singles spent multiple weeks at No. 1, while the other peaked at No. 2. Underwood first cracked the chart's top 10 when "Jesus, Take the Wheel" rose 11-8 in December 2005 on its way to a six-week run at the summit. "So Small" introduces Underwood's sophomore set, "Carnival Ride," due Oct. 23.

• Celine Dion returns to the AC chart in grand fashion, as "Taking Chances" blazes in at No. 23. "Chances" is her 38th charting title dating back to "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" in 1990 -- the most among all artists in the past two decades, as are her 11 No. 1 hits in that span ... Dion last appeared with the No. 31-peaking "I Believe in You" in early 2006 and is seeking her first top 10 since "Have You Ever Been in Love" reached No. 2 in the summer of 2003. "Taking Chances" is the title cut from Dion's first proper studio album since 2003's "One Heart." Since then, she's released a live set, a children's album and two French albums. The "Taking Chances" set arrives Nov. 13, about a month before her "A New Day" show closes in Las Vegas after a five-year run.



Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New REBA MCENTIRE Reba Duets (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
2 1 KENNY CHESNEY Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (BNA / SBN)
3 3 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
4 5 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
5 4 BRAD PAISLEY 5th Gear (Arista Nashville / SBN)
6 7 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
*7 10 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
8 8 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
9 6 LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND It's Not Big It's Large (Curb / Lost Highway / UMGN)
10 2 TRISHA YEARWOOD Greatest Hits (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New BEE GEES Greatest (Reprise / Warner Strategic Marketing)
2 1 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits (Curb )
3 2 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*4 7 EAGLES The Very Best Of (Warner Strategic Marketing )
5 8 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
6 4 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
*7 17 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
8 11 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
9 10 AC/DC Back In Black (Legacy / Epic / Sony Music)
*10 19 MICHAEL BUBLE Michael Buble (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: Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good," Keyshia Cole's "Just Like You," Foo Fighters' "Echoes Silence Patience and Grace," Chris Botti's "Italia," Melissa Etheridge's "The Awakening," the Cheetah Girls' "TCG," Jagged Edge's "Baby Makin' Project," Jill Scott's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3," Joni Mitchell's "Shine," Chaka Khan's "Funk This," Tony Bennett's "Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1," will.i.am's "Songs About Girls" and Gorilla Zoe's "Welcome to the Zoo."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Ludacris' "Release Therapy" entered at No. 1 with 309,000. The rapper was one of four debuts in the top four, with Janet Jackson, Tony Benett and Alan Jackson coming in at Nos. 2-4, respectively. The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.