Rap duo UGK (Pimp C and Bun B) storm the top of The Billboard 200 as the act scores its first No. 1 album. The "Underground Kingz" sold 160,000 last week -- the best sales week ever for either the group or its individual members ... New rapper Plies, powered by his smash "Shawty," arrives at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 ... Pop/rock brother trio Jonas Brothers enter at No. 5 with their self-titled sophomore set. It's the first album to be released in the new interactive CDVU+ format ... Other debuts in the top half of The Billboard 200 this week include new albums from Fuel, Kat DeLuna, Drowning Pool, Third Day, Constantine, Throwdown and Slightly Stoopid ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on will.i.am's new single hitting the charts, Pink's hot streak, Akon's prolific run at radio, Fabolous' new No. 1, George Strait's hot debut on Country Songs and Finger Eleven's slow and steady climb to No. 1 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart.


FLASH POINTS



• Rap duo UGK returns to The Billboard 200 for the first time since 2002 -- and in a big way -- as "Underground Kingz" debuts at No. 1 with 160,000. It's not only the act's first chart-topper, but also its best sales week. Previously, UGK's highest sales frame came when 2001's "Dirty Money" bowed at No. 18 with 98,000. UGK -- made up of Bun B and Pimp C -- was put on hold from early 2002 until the end of 2005 while Pimp C served four years in prison on an aggravated gun assault charge. However, while UGK was temporarily put on the back burner, both members released solo albums. Bun B's "Trill" hit No. 6 on The Billboard 200 in 2005 while Pimp C issued two sets in 2005 and 2006. The first, "The Sweet James Jones Stories," hit No. 50 while his post-prison debut, "Pimpalation," bowed at No. 3. The new "Underground Kingz" album features a bevy of guest stars, including OutKast, Too Short, Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Talib Kweli and Dizzee Rascal. The set's producers include Scarface, Juicy J and Jazze Pha ... The double-album -- 29 tracks in all -- was also offered in a two-CD/one-DVD edition with 40 minutes of video footage.


• Rapper Plies climbs in at No. 2 as his debut album, "Real Testament," shifts 96,000. The rapper's smash single "Shawty" already hit the top 20 on The Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single, aided by a guest turn from the ubiquitous T-Pain, saw its music video rise to No. 1 on the Music Video Clips chart as well. For the week ending Aug. 12, it was the fourth-most-played clip on BET with 17 detections and the No. 9 video on MTV2 with 24 airings. On the radio side, the it was the most-played song on 24 stations last week, including KBXX Houston and WJLB Detroit ... "Real Testament" was available in a standard CD-only version and a CD/DVD edition. The latter was only available at Target and was sale-priced for $13.98. At Best Buy, the album came packaged with three bonus tracks and was on sale for $9.99. For the same price, Circuit City offered a free T-shirt with the purchase of the album.


• After one album last year with Columbia, Jonas Brothers shifted to Hollywood Records and to great chart success, as their self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 with 69,000. The brotherly trio's first effort, "It's About Time," spent one week at No. 91, shifting 10,000 units. The new album is the first to be produced in the CDVU+ format. The CDVU's package is made with 100% recycled material and does not contain a booklet. Instead, consumers place the CD into their computer and once the CDVU program is launched, they are greeted with an interactive magazine. It essentially serves as an elaborate CD booklet, with high-quality printable photos, videoclips, lyrics and album credits.


• Other acts that debut in the top half of The Billboard 200 this week include Fuel's "Angels & Devils" (No. 42; 15,000);Slightly Stoopid's "Chronchitis" (No. 55; 12,000); Kat DeLuna's debut album "9 Lives" (No. 58; 11,000); Okkervil River's "The Stage Names" (No. 62; 10,000); Drowning Pool's "Full Circle" (No. 64; 10,000); Third Day's "Chronology - Volume Two" (No. 73; 9,000); Constantine's solo debut, "Constantine" (No. 75; 9,000); and Throwdown's second full-length album "Venom & Tears" (No. 81; 9,000).




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New UGK Underground Kingz (UGK / Jive / Zomba) 11 7 KIDZ BOP KIDS Kidz Bop 12 (Razor & Tie )
*2 New PLIES The Real Testament (Big Gates / Slip-N-Slide / Atlantic / AG) 12 10 LINKIN PARK Minutes To Midnight (Machine Shop / Warner Bros.)
3 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 25 (Universal / EMI / Sony BMG / Zomba / UMRG) *13 12 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
4 5 MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood ) 14 6 SEAN KINGSTON Sean Kingston (Beluga Heights / Koch / Epic / Sony Music)
*5 New JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood ) 15 14 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner )
6 4 SOUNDTRACK Hairspray (New Line ) 16 13 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
7 1 COMMON Finding Forever (G.O.O.D. / Geffen / IGA) 17 16 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
8 9 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope / IGA) 18 15 BON JOVI Lost Highway (Mercury / Island / UMGN/IDJMG)
9 8 T.I. T.I. Vs T.I.P. (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG) 19 18 MAROON 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M / Octone / IGA)
10 2 KORN Untitled (Virgin ) 20 11 PRINCE Planet Earth (NPG / Columbia / Sony Music)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.03 million units
• DOWN 2.8% from last issue's charts: 8.27 million units
• DOWN 14.1% from same week, 2006: 9.35 million units
• This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Rick Ross' "Port of Miami" led the chart, debuting with 187,000. Breaking Benjamin's "Phobia" climbed in at No. 2 with 125,000 while the "Now 22" album slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 with 104,000. The chart greeted new entries at Nos. 3-5 with Cassie, Slayer and the soundtrack to "Step Up" starting in those slots, respectively. The top four albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 50 album this week, Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope/IGA), sold 13,000.
• The No. 50 album for the same week of 2006, the "Now 21" compilation (Universal/EMI/SonyBMG/Zomba), sold 17,000.
• Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 23,000.



PROGRESS REPORTS



• Will.i.am debuts on the CHR/Top 40 and Rhythmic Top 40 airplay charts with "I Got It From My Mama." It's the first time the Black Eyed Peas frontman has reached an airplay chart with his own single. In the past, he's been a featured artist on tracks by the Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes. On the CHR/Top 40 tally, "Mama" begins at No. 33 while on Rhythmic it starts at No. 31. It's the first single from will.i.am's debut solo album, "Songs About Girls," due Sept. 25 ... Elsewhere on the CHR/Top 40 chart, Pink collects her ninth top 10 single as "Who Knew" rises 14-10 in its seventh chart week. With 10 top 10s, only Christina Aguilera has racked up more top 10s among women since 2000 ... Akon's "Sorry, Blame It on Me" debuts at No. 40 on CHR/Top 40, becoming his 12th chart entry since he first debuted on the chart less than three years ago. In 2007 alone, he's appeared on seven different chart hits.


• Fabolous collects his second No. 1 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart as "Make Me Better" (featuring Ne-Yo) steps 2-1. The rapper's first chart-topper, "Can't Let You Go," reached the top slot on the chart dated May 17, 2003. "Better" is also climbing the CHR/Top 40 chart, where it moves 27-23 this week ... KT Tunstall bows at No. 38 on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart with "Hold On," the first single from her sophomore set "Drastic Fantastic." The new album drops Sept. 18 ... On Hot Country Songs, George Strait jumps in at No. 35 with "How 'Bout Them Cowgirls," the fourth single from "It Just Comes Natural." The album's last three radio hits all reached the top two -- "Give It Away" and the title track hit No. 1, while "Wrapped" stopped at No. 2.



• On the Alternative/Modern Rock chart, Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer" hits No. 1 in its 26th week on the chart -- the second-slowest climb in the nearly 19-year history of the tally. Only 10 Years' "Wasteland" took longer to reach the top. That single reached No. 1 in its 27th chart week on Feb. 25, 2006. Since the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart began in 1988, only seven songs have taken 20 weeks or longer to hit No. 1. The others are Trapt's "Headstrong" (24 weeks), Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" (23), 30 Seconds to Mars' "From Yesterday" (22), Three Days Grace's "Animal I Have Become" (21) and Chevelle's "Send the Pain Below" (21). All seven of the singles were released since 2001.



Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 83 UGK Underground Kingz (UGK / Jive / Zomba)
*2 New PLIES The Real Testament (Big Gates / Slip-N-Slide / Atlantic / AG)
3 1 COMMON Finding Forever (G.O.O.D. / Geffen / IGA)
4 2 T.I. T.I. Vs T.I.P. (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)
5 3 SEAN KINGSTON Sean Kingston (Beluga Heights / Koch / Epic / Sony Music)
6 5 T-PAIN Epiphany (Konvict / Nappy Boy / Jive / Zomba)
7 4 PRINCE Planet Earth (NPG / Columbia / Sony Music)
8 9 FABOLOUS From Nothin' To Somethin' (Desert Storm / Def Jam / IDJMG)
9 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 25 (Universal / EMI / Sony BMG / Zomba / UMRG)
10 11 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
2 2 BRAD PAISLEY 5th Gear (Arista Nashville / SBN)
3 3 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
4 4 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
5 5 TOBY KEITH Big Dog Daddy (Show Dog Nashville )
6 7 BIG & RICH Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace (Warner Bros. / WRN)
7 8 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*8 9 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
9 6 BILLY RAY CYRUS Home At Last (Walt Disney )
10 10 JASON ALDEAN Relentless (Broken Bow )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS This Is Somewhere (Ragged Company / Hollywood)
*2 New FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS The Distant Future (EP) (Sub Pop )
*3 New THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi (Triple Crown / East West)
*4 1 A FINE FRENZY One Cell In The Sea (Virgin )
5 2 WITHIN TEMPTATION The Heart Of Everything (Roadrunner )
*6 New STILL REMAINS The Serpent (Roadrunner )
7 6 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*8 8 EMERSON DRIVE Countrified (Montage / Midas)
9 9 LEELAND Sound Of Melodies (Essential )
10 4 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*2 2 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
*3 3 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits (Curb )
*4 4 JOURNEY Journey's Greatest Hits (Legacy / Columbia / Sony Music)
*5 7 AC/DC Back In Black (Legacy / Epic / Sony Music)
6 5 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
7 6 MICHAEL BUBLE Michael Buble (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*8 8 KELLY CLARKSON Breakaway (RCA / RMG)
*9 9 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
10 10 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds' "Live at Radio City Music Hall," Blaqk Audio's "CexCells," Luke Bryan's "I'll Stay Me," Lori McKenna's "Unglamorous," Dean Martin's "Forever Cool" and Junior Senior's "Hey Hey My My Yo Yo."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: the entire top five consisted of debuts from Christina Aguilera, Lyfe Jennings, Trace Adkins, Cherish and the "Cheetah Girls 2" soundtrack, at Nos. 1-5, respectively. Aguilera's "Back to Basics" started with 346,000 in the top slot. The top three albums sold more than 100,000 units.