Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the band's first No. 1 since 1988's "New Jersey" spent four weeks atop the list in October and November of that year. It's the act's third No. 1 overall. Its first was 1987's "Slippery When Wet" ... The White Stripes slip into second place with their highest-charting album and best sales week as "Icky Thump," the duo's first release through Warner Bros., starts with 223,000 ... Brad Paisley shifts into third as his "5th Gear" opens at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. It's his third No. 1 on the latter list ... Other acts starting high on the chart this week include Shop Boyz, Lifehouse, Huey, Chrisette Michele and Mandy Moore ... And in Progress Reports, we have updates on Rihanna's amazing run at top 40 radio, Montgomery Gentry's new No. 1 and Ozzy Osbourne's long journey to the top of the rock heap ... PLEASE NOTE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN REPROCESSED ITS SALES CHARTS ON WEDNESDAY (27) MORNING. CHART ALERT HAS BEEN REVISED AS OF 10:45 AM PST.





FLASH POINTS



• To quote Bon Jovi's 2006 No. 1 hit, "Who Says You Can't Go Home"? Home, that is, to the top of The Billboard 200, where the band claims its first No. 1 album since 1988. Its new "Lost Highway" starts with 292,000 units -- the act's biggest sales frame since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Previously, the group's best sales week came when its last album, 2005's "Have a Nice Day," bowed at No. 2 with 202,000. The band has expanded its fan base to include country music devotees, thanks to its No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home" with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. "Lost Highway" was recorded partially in Nashville with half of the album's cuts produced by Dann Huff. (He has helmed 17 No. 1s on the Country Songs chart.) The set also boasts guest turns from country stars LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich. Still, the album doesn't stray far from Bon Jovi's familiar rock sound -- despite its Nashville influences -- and it does not chart on Top Country Albums.

• With each successive album, the White Stripes debut higher on The Billboard 200 with bigger sales weeks. With their new effort, "Icky Thump," the duo checks in at No. 2 with 223,000. Its last album, 2005's "Get Behind Me Satan," started at No. 3 with 189,000 ... "Icky Thump" sold 53,000 through digital retailers -- 24% of its overall first week -- easily making it No. 1 on Top Digital Albums ... The title track is the band's second-biggest Alternative/Modern Rock chart hit, as it holds at No. 3 for a second week. Only 2003's "Seven Nation Army" went higher, spending three weeks at No. 1 ... In support of the new album, the band played the Bonnaroo festival June 17 in Manchester, Tenn., and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" June 18. The act also staged a June 20 performance at Tower Records' former location on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Fashioned as an "Icky Thump Records" store, the band played an "in-store" that was streamed live on the Web via AT&T's Blue Room ... "Icky Thump" was available via the Apple iTunes Store with two bonus tracks (as a pre-order) or with one bonus track (if purchased after the pre-order window closed). Additionally, 6,666 specially designed, limited-edition USB drives containing the album were sold via the White Stripes' official Web site. Each drive -- crafted with caricatures of either Jack White or Meg White -- sold for $57.50 or for $99 as a set of two ... The band's tour has dates lined up through October. It includes stops at the Austin City Limits Festival in September and the Ottawa Bluesfest in July.


• Brad Paisley's fifth studio album, "5th Gear," is his third straight studio set to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. The Arista Nashville effort starts with 197,000 units -- Paisley's best sales week ever -- enough for a No. 3 bow on The Billboard 200 ... The album is led by the No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit "Ticks," Paisley's eighth chart-topper in as many years ... Paisley played "Good Morning America" June 15 and GAC's "Grand Ole Opry Live" June 16. Additionally, GAC presented a 90-minute concert special starring Paisley June 17 ... "5th Gear" was sale-priced for less than $10 at Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart and Wal-Mart ... Powered by its smash hit "Party Like a Rockstar," Shop Boyz enter The Billboard 200 at No. 11 (52,000) with their debut set, "Rockstar Mentality." The rap trio's "Party Like a Rockstar" has spent the past the month lodged at No. 2 on The Billboard Hot 100, stuck behind Rihanna's "Umbrella."


• Other debuts in the top half of The Billboard 200 this week include Lifehouse at No. 14 with its fourth album, "Who We Are." The set, which includes the current single "First Time," is the follow-up to the band's 2005 self-titled album ... Huey's "Notebook Paper" glides in at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 with 29,000. The rapper's dance anthem "Pop, Lock & Drop It" already hit the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ... New R&B singer Chrisette Michele starts at No. 29 on The Billboard 200 and No. 5 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut, "I Am." The set was sale-priced for less than $8 at Target, Best Buy and Circuit City. The album's lead single, "If I Have My Way," is bulleted at No. 16 on the Urban AC/Adult R&B radio chart this week ... Singer/actress Mandy Moore returns to The Billboard 200 with her first studio album in six years, as "Wild Hope" debuts at No. 30 with 25,000. Moore's last proper studio set was her 2001 self-titled album, which debuted and peaked at No. 35. Since then, she has visited the chart with a covers album and a greatest-hits package. Her new film, "License to Wed," co-starring John Krasinski of "The Office" and Robin Williams, opens July 3 ... Straylight Run zips in at No. 72 on The Billboard 200, shifting 10,000 units. Its "The Needles the Space" album was sale-priced for $7.99 at Best Buy (where it came with two bonus tracks) and $8.64 at Wal-Mart ... Rock act August Burns Red debuts at No. 81 with "Messengers" with 9,000. The set also starts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New BON JOVI Lost Highway (Mercury / Island / UMGN/IDJMG) *11 New SHOP BOYZ Rockstar Mentality (OnDeck / Universal Republic / UMRG)
*2 New THE WHITE STRIPES Icky Thump (Third Man / Warner Bros.) 12 7 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
*3 New BRAD PAISLEY 5th Gear (Arista Nashville / SBN) 13 11 R. KELLY Double Up (Jive / Zomba)
4 1 TOBY KEITH Big Dog Daddy (Show Dog Nashville ) *14 New LIFEHOUSE Who We Are (Geffen / IGA)
5 3 PAUL MCCARTNEY Memory Almost Full (MPL / Hear / Concord) *15 23 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope / IGA)
6 6 LINKIN PARK Minutes To Midnight (Machine Shop / Warner Bros.) 16 18 AVRIL LAVIGNE The Best Damn Thing (RCA / RMG)
7 10 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG) 17 13 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG)
8 4 MAROON 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M / Octone / IGA) 18 24 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
9 2 FABOLOUS From Nothin' To Somethin' (Desert Storm / Def Jam / IDJMG) 19 12 BIG & RICH Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace (Warner Bros. (Nashville) / WRN)
10 5 T-PAIN Epiphany (Konvict / Nappy Boy / Jive / Zomba) 20 16 MICHAEL BUBLE Call Me Irresponsible (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.90 million units
• DOWN 7.11% from last issue's charts: 9.58 million units
• DOWN 5.2% from same week, 2006: 9.39 million units
• This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Nelly Furtado made a comeback, strutting in at No. 1 with "Loose," selling 219,000. Underoath's "Define the Great Line" started at No. 2 with 98,000 while Keane's "Under the Iron Sea" began at No. 4 with 75,000. Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 1 album this week, Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" (Island/IDJMG), sold 292,000.
• The No. 1 album for the same week of 2006, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen), sold 219,000.
• Average total of the No. 200 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 320,364.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Ozzy Osbourne tops the Active Rock radio chart for the first time and becomes the first solo artist to hit No. 1 on that list in more than nine years with "I Don't Wanna Stop." It's not for a lack of trying on Osbourne's part, either. He has had four singles peak at No. 2 and another three stop at No. 3 ... Osbourne, who also spends a 10th week atop the similarly named Rock radio chart, becomes just the fourth solo artist to hit No. 1 in the 10-year history of the Active Rock chart and the first since Rob Zombie completed a three-week reign with "Living Dead Girl" in June 1999. The only other solo artists to post Active Rock No. 1s are Lenny Kravitz with "Fly Away" in 1998 and Everlast with 1999's "What It's Like."

• Montgomery Gentry claims its third No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart as "Lucky Man" hops 3-1. The duo first topped the chart when "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" led for a week in June 2004, then again with "Something to Be Proud Of" in September 2005. "Lucky Man" sends Brad Paisley's "Ticks" tumbling 1-5, which is the biggest drop since Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles' "Who Says You Can't Go Home" similarly fell 1-5 in May 2006.


• Rihanna is the first female lead artist to debut eight songs in a period of slightly more than two years on the CHR/Top 40 radio chart, as "Shut Up and Drive" zooms in at No. 35. "Drive" extends Rihanna's chart career to two years and two weeks, dating back to the debut of "Pon De Replay" in June 2005. The only artist to place eight songs on the CHR/Top 40 survey more quickly (besting Rihanna's run by two weeks) is Hootie & the Blowfish, which posted eight entries from October 1994 through October 1996. Impressively, Rihanna has appeared on the CHR/Top 40 chart for all but three weeks since "Replay" began its run.



Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 FABOLOUS From Nothin' To Somethin' (Desert Storm / Def Jam / IDJMG)
2 3 R. KELLY Double Up (Jive / Zomba)
3 4 T-PAIN Epiphany (Konvict / Nappy Boy / Jive / Zomba)
*4 New SHOP BOYZ Rockstar Mentality (OnDeck / Universal Republic / UMRG)
*5 New CHRISETTE MICHELE I Am (Def Jam / IDJMG)
6 2 DJ KHALED We The Best (Terror Squad / Koch)
7 6 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
8 9 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
9 8 NE-YO Because Of You (Def Jam / IDJMG)
*10 New HUEY Notebook Paper (HiTz Committee / Jive / Zomba)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

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

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New THE POLYPHONIC SPREE The Fragile Army (Good Records / TVT)
*2 New TOMAHAWK Anonymous (Ipecac )
3 3 EMERSON DRIVE Countrified (Montage / Midas)
4 4 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*5 10 COLD WAR KIDS Robbers & Cowards (Downtown )
*6 9 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Y Gabriela (ATO )
7 7 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
8 2 FAIR TO MIDLAND Fables From A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True (Serjical Strike / Universal Republic / UMRG)
9 6 RED End Of Silence (Essential )
*10 New EUGE GROOVE Born 2 Groove (Narada Jazz / BLG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 2 JOURNEY Journey's Greatest Hits (Legacy / Columbia / Sony Music)
*2 10 BON JOVI Cross Road (Mercury / UMe)
3 3 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
*4 5 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
5 1 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
6 12 KELLY CLARKSON Breakaway (RCA / RMG)
7 4 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
8 9 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
9 6 THE BEACH BOYS The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of Summer (Capitol )
10 7 MAROON 5 Songs About Jane (A&M / Octone / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week






A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Kelly Clarkson's "My December"; the half-soundtrack, half-Miley Cyrus album "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus"; Ryan Adams' "Easy Tiger"; Beastie Boys' "The Mix-Up"; and Pearl Jam's "Live at the Gorge O5/06."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: India.Arie scored her first No. 1 as "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" opened in the top spot with 161,000. Dashboard Confessional's "Dusk & Summer" arrived at No. 2 with 134,000. Only the top two albums sold more than 100,000 units.