R. Kelly easily scores his sixth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Double Up" debuts with 386,000 units ... Jason Aldean nabs a top 10 debut on the big chart and a No. 1 entry on Top Country Albums with his second album, "Relentless" ... Experimental rock act Circa Survive scores its best week ever as its new album bows in the top 30 ... the release of DRM-free EMI albums in the Apple iTunes Store causes a number of titles to gain ... the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" stirs interest in the album ... We've also got updates on Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Paul McCartney, Kelly Sweet and Emerson Drive.




FLASH POINTS



• R&B superstar R. Kelly lands his sixth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Double Up" debuts with 386,000. His last 10 studio albums (including the new one and sets with Jay-Z) have all reached the top two. His last studio set, 2005's "TP.3 Reloaded," bowed at No. 1 with 491,000. His last four solo studio efforts ("TP3," "Happy People/U Saved Me," "Chocolate Factory" and "TP-2.com") all started north of 400,000 ... The new album was ushered in by the smash single "I'm a Flirt," which hit No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in April. It's his biggest chart hit since "Step in the Name of Love" hit No. 1 in late 2003 ... R. Kelly has had a Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs entry every year since his debut in 1991 with "She's Got That Vibe" (with Public Announcement). In the course of his career on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, he has racked up 11 No. 1s as a performer and another 37 top 10s as a producer.

• Last week's chart-topper, Maroon5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," slips to No. 2 with a 60% decline. In third place is Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" with 126,000 and a 36% drop. No. 4 sees the arrival of indie country singer Jason Aldean and his "Relentless" album (98,000 units). The Broken Bow artist also starts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums -- his first chart-topper there. His 2005 self-titled debut peaked at No. 6 on the Country tally and at No. 37 on The Billboard 200. It's still on the charts, too. This week it climbs 113-87 on The Billboard 200 and 24-18 on Top Country Albums with a 22% increase. It spawned three Hot Country Songs hits -- "Hicktown" (No. 10), "Why" (No. 1) and "Amarillo Sky" (No. 4). His latest single, "Johnny Cash," is the lead cut from the new album. It rises 14-12 on the Country Songs tally this week. Aldean played "Good Morning America" today, which may help curb his inevitable slide next week ... In other country news, in its 32nd chart week, Taylor Swift's self-titled debut holds in the top 20 on The Billboard 200 for the fourth week in a row. She rebounded into the top 20 the week before her performance on the May 15 Academy of Country Music Awards show. On the broadcast, she memorably sang her hit single "Tim McGraw." Oddly, she had never previously met the title subject of the song, so it made for a great TV moment when she semi-serenaded McGraw and subsequently introduced herself, on-air, to the star. The cute Swift story continues, as she scored a slot as one of the opening artists on McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul summer tour. Swift will play seven dates in July.

• Back in the top 10 of The Billboard 200, Daughtry's self-titled album moves 6-5 (69,000; down 7%) while Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" scoots 11-6 with 50,000 sold, a new peak and its second biggest sales week so far (up 28%). Imagine that a good chunk of the increase this week is owed to the album's $7.99 sale pricing at Best Buy last week. Other titles on the chart that benefit from a $7.99 tag at the retailer include Lily Allen (65-52, up 12%), Papa Roach (114-68, up 41%), the Pussycat Dolls (121-70, up 43%), Rich Boy (104-79, up 24%), Jason Aldean (113-87, up 22%), Mika (112-104, up 6%) and Blue October (159-131, up 22%). Winehouse, who played the June 3 MTV Movie Awards, may experience an increase next week as well.

• U.S.D.A.'s "Cold Summer" slips 4-7 on The Billboard 200 (50,000; down 48%), Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" climbs 9-8 (50,000; up 3%), Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" slides 7-9 (48,000; down 23%) while Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain" drizzles 3-10 in its second week (47,000; 69%). Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" continues its remarkable chart run, as it moves 8-11 in its 81st chart week. Since its debut in November 2005, it has never once left the top 40, nor sold less than 23,000 in a week.

• After we leave the top 10 on The Billboard 200, the debuts dry up until we hit No. 24 with the bow of Circa Survive's "On Letting Go" (24,000). The rock band's last album, "Juturna," spent one week on the chart in 2005 at No. 183. "On Letting Go" gives the act its best sales week, too. Next week's chart will perk up quite a bit, as it will greet the arrivals of new efforts from Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Daddy Yankee, T-Pain and Big & Rich, among others.

• Robin Thicke parlays a May 29 "Oprah Winfrey Show" performance into a whopping 137% increase (No. 12 with 45,000). India.Arie, who also played the same show, re-enters The Billboard 200 at No. 144 with "Testimony: Vol. 1" (up 505%) ... The release of DRM-free EMI downloads in the Apple iTunes Store helps push gains for a number of acts on The Billboard 200, including Corinne Bailey Rae (49-34, up 31%), Lily Allen's "Alright, Still . . ." (65-52, up 12%), Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (69-59, up 11%), KT Tunstall's "Eye to the Telescope" (190-160, up 20%) and Van Morrison's "At the Movies" (a re-entry at No. 173, up 35%). On Top Pop Catalog, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" returns to No. 1 with a 67% gain while the Beach Boys' "The Very Best of the Beach Boys" moves 12-7, up 28% ... news surrounding the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" propels its 109% jump from 29-4 on Top Pop Catalog Albums.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New R. KELLY Double Up (Jive / Zomba) 11 8 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
2 1 MAROON 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M / Octone / Interscope) *12 30 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
3 2 LINKIN PARK Minutes To Midnight (Machine Shop / Warner Bros.) 13 10 NE-YO Because Of You (Def Jam / IDJMG)
*4 New JASON ALDEAN Relentless (Broken Bow ) *14 18 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
5 6 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 15 16 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*6 11 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG) 16 12 TANK Sex Love & Pain (Blackground / Universal Motown / UMRG)
7 4 YOUNG JEEZY PRESENTS U.S.D.A. Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG) 17 15 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface / Interscope)
8 9 AVRIL LAVIGNE The Best Damn Thing (RCA / RMG) 18 5 THE USED Lies For The Liars (Reprise / Warner Bros.)
9 7 MICHAEL BUBLE Call Me Irresponsible (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.) 19 14 SOUNDTRACK Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Walt Disney )
10 3 OZZY OSBOURNE Black Rain (Epic / Sony Music) 20 20 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 24 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.3 units
• DOWN .06% from last issue's charts: 8.31 units
• DOWN 10.6% from same week, 2006: 9.29 million units
• This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" clung to No. 1 for a second week with 271,000. The highest debut on the chart was way down at No. 103 with Peeping Tom's self-titled album, selling 10,000. The top two albums each sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 100 album this week, Elliott Smith's "New Moon" (Kill Rock Stars), sold 7,000.
• The No. 100 album for the same week of 2006, Jason Aldean's "Jason Aldean" (Broken Bow), sold 10,000.
• Average total of the No. 100 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 11,744.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Avril Lavigne takes over the lead for most CHR/Top 40 No. 1s this decade, as "Girlfriend" rises 2-1 to become her fifth title to top the list and her first since "My Happy Ending" in October 2004. Lavigne passes Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Nelly, all with four No. 1s in the 2000s. Lavigne also breaks out of a seven-way tie to stand alone in second place for most No. 1 songs in the chart's 14-year existence, trailing only Mariah Carey, who has scored six ... Next in line for No. 1 honors on the CHR/Top 40 chart seems to be Timberlake's "Summer Love," which posts an 869-detection gain (8,547 total spins for the week) and is less than 500 spins away from Lavigne, who gained less than 200 detections this week. It's probably only a matter of time before Timberlake hits No. 1. If he does, it'll be his fifth consecutive chart-topper. Four of those come from his "FutureSex/LoveSounds" album.

• Meanwhile, Nickelback notches its fifth CHR/Top 40 hit from its "All the Right Reasons" album, as "Rockstar" debuts at No. 37. It follows "Photograph" (No. 3), "Savin' Me" (No. 6), "Far Away" (No. 1) and "If Everyone Cared" (No. 8). "Reasons" is enjoying its 87th week on The Billboard 200 -- the band's longest-charting album thus far. It beats out the 80-week runs of "Silver Side Up" and "The Long Road." Better yet, "All the Right Reasons" has yet to fall out of The Billboard 200's top 30 since its release in October 2005. So far, the album has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States.


• Canada's Emerson Drive tops Hot Country Songs for the first time as "Moments" gains 1.6 million impressions and steps 2-1. Previously, the group had climbed as high as No. 3 with "Fall Into Me" in 2003, which followed its only other top five hit, 2002's "I Should Be Sleeping." The new No. 1 -- on New Revolution Records -- marks the first independently-distributed single to hit the summit of Hot Country Songs since Heartland's "I Loved Her First" (on Lofton Creek) led for one week last October ... On the AC/Adult Contemporary chart, Kelly Sweet earns her first top 10 hit as "Raincoat" rises 11-10 in its 19th chart week. Sweet's "We Are One" album has sold 8,000 copies since its release in March ... Paul McCartney's "Ever Present Past" climbs 20-18 on the Triple-A radio chart. It's only his second Triple-A chart hit, following "The World Tonight" (No. 9 in 1997). His album "Memory Almost Full" arrived yesterday.



Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 61 R. KELLY Double Up (Jive / Zomba)
2 1 YOUNG JEEZY PRESENTS U.S.D.A. Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
3 2 TANK Sex Love & Pain (Blackground / Universal Motown / UMRG)
4 4 NE-YO Because Of You (Def Jam / IDJMG)
*5 8 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
6 3 LIL BOOSIE, WEBBIE & FOXX Survival Of The Fittest (Trill / Asylum)
*7 9 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
8 5 BOBBY VALENTINO Special Occasion (DTP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
9 6 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface / Interscope)
10 7 MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New JASON ALDEAN Relentless (Broken Bow )
2 1 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*3 2 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
4 4 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
5 3 GRETCHEN WILSON One Of The Boys (Columbia / SBN)
6 5 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
7 7 ALISON KRAUSS A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (Rounder )
8 8 MARTINA MCBRIDE Waking Up Laughing (RCA / SBN)
9 6 MIRANDA LAMBERT Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Columbia / SBN)
10 11 BUCKY COVINGTON Bucky Covington (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 2 BOYS LIKE GIRLS Boys Like Girls (Columbia / Sony Music)
*2 3 EMERSON DRIVE Countrified (Montage / Midas)
*3 New THE KOOKS Inside In / inside Out (Virgin / Astralwerks)
4 4 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
5 1 CA$HIS The County Hounds EP (Shady / Interscope)
6 5 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
7 9 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
8 6 COLD WAR KIDS Robbers & Cowards (Downtown )
*9 19 RED End Of Silence (Essential )
*10 17 ROBERTO CARLOS Grandes Exitos (Discos 605 / Sony BMG Norte)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 8 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
2 2 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
3 1 MAROON 5 Songs About Jane (A&M / Octone / Interscope)
*4 29 THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple / Capitol)
*5 4 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
6 3 KELLY CLARKSON Breakaway (RCA / RMG)
*7 12 THE BEACH BOYS The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of Summer (Capitol )
8 5 LINKIN PARK [Hybrid Theory] (Warner Bros. )
9 7 BON JOVI Cross Road (Mercury / UMe)
*10 11 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: Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," Daddy Yankee's "El Cartel: The Big Boss," Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad," T-Pain's "Epiphany," Big & Rich's "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace," Marilyn Manson's "Eat Me, Drink Me," Chris Cornell's "Carry On," Bruce Springsteen's "Live in Dublin" and the Police's "The Police."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: AFI's "Decemberunderground" bowed at No. 1 with 182,000. Rappers Yung Joc and Ice Cube started at Nos. 3 and 4 with 148,000 and 144,000, respectively. The soundtrack to "Cars" was the fourth and final debut in the top 10, racing out of the gate with 68,000. The top four albums each sold more than 100,000 units.