Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while heritage artists Donny Osmond, Neil Sedaka, Chuck Brown and Patti Smith make eye-popping returns to the chart ... In Progress Reports, the White Stripes and Marilyn Manson visit the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart with their latest offerings, Mandy Moore's new single debuts and Chayanne claims his ninth No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs.




FLASH POINTS



• Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week, as Joe's "Ain't Nothing Like Me" debuts at No. 2. It starts with 98,000 units and matches the peak of his most successful album, 2000's "My Name Is Joe." That set, powered by the No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "I Wanna Know," has sold 2.6 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Joe's last effort, "And Then...," was released Dec. 19, 2003. While it bowed with a handsome 121,000 units, the busy holiday shopping season pushed it down to a No. 26 debut and peak on The Billboard 200. Joe's current single, "If I Was Your Man," is slowly inching up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the Urban AC/Adult R&B radio chart, it recently became his 10th top five hit. It is holding at No. 5 for a third week ... "Ain't Nothing Like Me" was sale-priced for less than $10 at Target, Best Buy, Circuit City and Kmart ... Joe's tour with Brian McKnight continues through June 3. They visit St. Louis May 3 and Chicago May 5. Later this year Joe will tour Japan, beginning Aug. 28 in Fukuoka at Billboard Live.

• The No. 1 album in the United Kingdom bows at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 this week, as Arctic Monkeys' "Favourite Worst Nightmare" starts with 44,000 copies in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the album shifted a whopping 228,000 units in its first week. That's the biggest U.K. No. 1 debut since the Killers' "Sam's Town" began with 269,000 last fall ... In America, the 44,000 start for "Favourite" represents a sizable increase in sales for the act: Its debut set, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," bowed at No. 24 with 34,000 last year. The band's current single, "Brianstorm," is bubbling under the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. The single has solid support from KDLD Los Angeles, where for the week ending April 29, the song was the seventh-most-played on the station with 19 detections.

• The Billboard 200's top 60 greets four heritage artists' latest efforts. Neil Sedaka returns to the chart with "The Definitive Collection" bowing at No. 22 with 24,000. It's his first appearance on the chart since 1980's "In the Pocket" and his highest-charting set since 1975's "The Hungry Years" peaked at No. 16. The 24,000 is also obviously his biggest sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Figure that his performances on "Today" and "The View" helped raise awareness of the album, not to mention his April 19 gig on QVC. No doubt that QVC's faithful viewers ordered the package in droves ... Donny Osmond notches his highest-charting album since 1973, as his new "Love Songs of the '70s" bows at No. 27 with 22,000 units. His last album to go higher on The Billboard 200 was 1973's "Alone Together," which peaked at No. 26. The new set covers such smooth numbers as Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" andn coincidentally, Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain." Osmond's album came packaged with a bonus DVD at Target and Wal-Mart, while the Apple iTunes Store carried a bonus song ("Oh Girl") ... Go-go music icon Chuck Brown arrives at No. 37 on The Billboard 200 with "We're About the Business" shifting 17,000. The set also bows at a mighty No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It's his first new studio album of original material since 1979's "Bustin' Loose," which peaked at No. 31 on The Billboard 200 and No. 5 on the R&B chart. "Business" has gotten rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times (April 21), the New Yorker (April 23) and the Washington Post (April 24). During the week of release, Brown appeared on Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner's syndicated morning radio shows. He also made numerous in-store CD signing appearances during release week in the Washington, D.C., area ... Patti Smith's covers collection "Twelve" bows at No. 60 on The Billboard 200 with 11,000 units. It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first album since "Trampin'," which debuted and peaked at No. 123 in 2004. The new effort features Smith's renditions of hits originally made famous by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Nirvana and Stevie Wonder, among others. It's her highest-charting album since 1996's "Gone Again," which debuted and peaked at No. 55.

• Norwegian metal band Dimmu Borgir breaks into The Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "In Sort Diaboli," selling 14,000. Though the band has been releasing albums since 1994, this is only the second time it has reached the big chart. Its "Death Cult Armageddon" spent one week on the chart at No. 170 in 2003. Needless to say, the bow of "Diaboli" gives the band its best sales week ever ... Reggaeton duo Calle 13 starts at No. 52 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with "Residente O Visitante" moving 12,000. Meanwhile, the act's single "Tango Del Pecado" rises 18-14 on Billboard's Latin Rhythm Airplay chart. Its self-titled debut never got past No. 189 on The Billboard 200 and No. 6 on Top Latin Albums.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 AVRIL LAVIGNE The Best Damn Thing (RCA / RMG) 11 14 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
*2 New JOE Ain't Nothing Like Me (Jive / Zomba) 12 12 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
3 2 NINE INCH NAILS Year Zero (Nothing / Interscope) 13 11 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
4 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 24 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol) 14 10 TIMBALAND Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Mosley / Blackground / Interscope)
5 7 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 15 13 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
6 6 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) *16 25 JOSS STONE Introducing Joss Stone (Virgin )
*7 New ARCTIC MONKEYS Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino ) 17 18 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
8 9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG) 18 21 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner )
9 5 MARTINA MCBRIDE Waking Up Laughing (RCA Nashville / SBN) 19 16 ALISON KRAUSS A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (Rounder )
10 8 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb ) 20 19 GWEN STEFANI The Sweet Escape (Interscope )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7.69 million units
• DOWN 5.8% from last issue's charts: 8.16 million units
• DOWN 19.2% from same week, 2006: 9.51 million units
• This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: six albums debuted in the top 10, with five bowing in the top five. Godsmack's "IV" started at No. 1 with 211,000. Taking Back Sunday, Bruce Springsteen, Avant and Rihanna opened at Nos. 2-5, respectively. The top seven albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 20 album this week, Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope), sold 26,000.
• The No. 20 album for the same week of 2006, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner), sold 35,000.
• Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 43,199.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Three mainstays of rock and one new act debut on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart this week. The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" bows at No. 24. It's the act's second-highest debut on the chart, following the No. 11 opener of "Blue Orchid" in 2005. "Icky" is the first single and title track from the band's forthcoming Third Man/Warner Bros. album due June 19 ... Nine Inch Nails starts at No. 30 with "Capital G," the follow-up to the chart-topping "Survivalism." "Capital" is the second single from "Year Zero," which bowed at No. 2 last week on The Billboard 200 ... Rock quartet Madina Lake hits a Billboard singles chart for the first time, as "House of Cards" starts at No. 38 ... Marilyn Manson creeps onto the chart at No. 39 with "Heart Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)." It's the lead single from his "Eat Me, Drink Me" effort, due June 5 ... Meanwhile, Chevelle's "Well Enough Alone" hops 13-10, giving the Epic band its fifth top 10 hit.

• Actress/singer Mandy Moore returns to a radio airplay chart after three-and-a-half years, as "Extraordinary" debuts on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart at No. 37. The track, which previews the album "Wild Hope" (due June 19), is Moore's first career Hot AC/Adult Top 40 hit and her first radio chart appearance overall since "Have a Little Faith in Me" made a one-week cameo on the CHR/Top 40 list at No. 39 in November 2003. Moore scored six CHR/Top 40 hits from 1999 through 2003, with 2000's "I Wanna Be With You" climbing the highest (No. 11) ... "Wild Hope" is Moore's first album of new studio material since her 2001 self-titled effort, which debuted and peaked at No. 35 on The Billboard 200. Since then, she has released a covers set and a greatest-hits package.

• On Hot Latin Songs, Chayanne zips 5-1 with "Si Nos Quedara Poco Tiempo." It's the singer's ninth No. 1 ... A whopping eight singles debut on Hot Latin Songs this week, including the top debut, "Nena," by Miguel Bose featuring Paulina Rubio. At No. 49, Enrique Iglesias arrives with "Dimelo," his first entry on the chart since 2004's "No Es Amor" ... On the CHR/Top 40 chart, Papa Roach's "Forever" gives the band its second career chart hit, as it bows at No. 40. Its first (and last) hit was 2005's "Scars," which peaked at No. 7 ... JoJo is on the verge of reaching the chart with "Anything," the third single from her album "The High Road." It follows the non-charting "How to Touch a Girl" and the No. 2 smash "Too Little Too Late."




Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New JOE Ain't Nothing Like Me (Jive / Zomba)
*2 New CHUCK BROWN We're About The Business (Full Circle / Raw Venture)
3 2 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
4 1 MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG)
5 3 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
6 4 YOUNG BUCK Buck The World (G-Unit / Interscope)
7 7 LLOYD Street Love (The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)
8 5 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
9 8 TIMBALAND Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Mosley / Blackground / Interscope)
10 6 PAUL WALL Get Money Stay True (Swishahouse / Asylum / Atlantic / AG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 4 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
2 2 MARTINA MCBRIDE Waking Up Laughing (RCA / SBN)
3 3 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
4 6 ALISON KRAUSS A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (Rounder )
*5 7 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*6 8 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
7 1 BUCKY COVINGTON Bucky Covington (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
8 9 LARRY THE CABLE GUY Morning Constitutions (Jack / Warner Bros. / WRN)
9 10 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
10 11 ALAN JACKSON/GEORGE STRAIT/JIMMY BUFFETT Live At Texas Stadium (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New NORMAN BROWN Stay With Me (Peak / Concord)
*2 New KINGSPADE P.T.B. (Suburban Noize )
*3 New NIGHTWATCHMAN One Man Revolution (Epic )
*4 1 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
*5 3 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Y Gabriela (ATO )
*6 New BEBEL GILBERTO Momento (Ziriguiboom / Crammed Discs / Six Degrees)
7 2 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
8 5 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
*9 New CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG 5:55 (Because / Vice)
10 4 COLD WAR KIDS Robbers & Cowards (Downtown )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 42 JOSH GROBAN Closer (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
2 1 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
3 2 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
*4 4 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*5 6 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
6 3 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
7 5 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
*8 New IL DIVO Il Divo (SYCO / Columbia / Sony Music)
*9 19 KELLY CLARKSON Breakaway (RCA / RMG)
10 7 AC/DC Back In Black (Legacy / Epic / Sony Music)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible," Rush's "Snakes & Arrows," Ne-Yo's "Because of You," Miranda Lambert's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Blake Shelton's "Pure BS," Corbin Bleu's "Another Side," Kimberley Locke's "Based on a True Story," the "High School Musical: The Concert" live album and Dolores O'Riordan's "Ordinary Day."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Tool's "10,000 Days" started its days at No. 1 with 564,000. Pearl Jam's self-titled set came in at No. 2 with 279,000. Mobb Deep's "Blood Money" bowed at No. 3 with 106,000, Jewel's "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" started at No. 8 with 82,000, and Phil Vassar's "Greatest Hits Volume 1" began at No. 10 with 65,000. The top three albums sold more than 100,000 units.

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