Tim McGraw notches his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Let It Go" bows with 325,000 ... He's just one of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart, which also greets new entries from Mims, Young Buck, Good Charlotte, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and the "Now 24" compilation ... Outside the top 10, the debut action is still hot and heavy, as Redman, Lil' Flip, Stevie Nicks, Prodigy, Mika, Jack Ingram, Macy Gray, Kaiser Chiefs and the "Disneymania 5" album all start in the top 50.




FLASH POINTS



• With the pressure for big first-week sales greater than ever and the volume at the top of the chart so low, it's commonplace to see five or more top 10 debuts in any given week on The Billboard 200. And this week is no exception, as seven titles make their way into the top 10. Tim McGraw leads the way at No. 1 with his fourth Billboard 200 chart-topper, "Let It Go," selling 325,000 units. That's a bigger sum than what greeted last year's "Greatest Hits Vol. 2: Reflected" (No. 2 with 242,000) but smaller than what his last studio set, "Live Like You Were Dying," did in its first week (No. 1 with 766,000) ... He of course is also No. 1 on Top Country Albums -- his ninth there. Concurrently, he rises to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with the album's lead single, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)." The last time an act was No. 1 on all three charts came when Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" arrived at No. 1 on the album charts dated April 22, 2006, while its single "What Hurts the Most" spent its third week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs ... McGraw's "Last Dollar" is his 22nd Country Songs No. 1. (See Progress Reports, below.)

• The latest installment of the the "Now! That's What I Call Music" series starts at No. 2, as "Now 24" bows with 230,000 units. That's the smallest debut sales week for a "Now" album since 2003, when "Now 13" started with 171,000. In fact, including "Now 13," only four regular-release "Now" albums have started with smaller first-week sales -- "Now," "Now 2" and "Now 3" ... All 24 of the regular releases in the "Now" line have reached the top 10, and the past 23 all debuted in the top 10. "Now 24" boasts 20 hits, including four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s -- Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right," Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," Justin Timberlake's "My Love" (featuring T.I.) and Akon's "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg) ... Rapper Young Buck notches his second top three album on The Billboard 200, as "Buck the World" starts at No. 3 with 140,000. It's the follow-up to 2004's "Straight Outta Ca$hville," which bowed at No. 3 with 261,000. "Buck the World" also starts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

• Fueled by his massive "This Is Why I'm Hot" single, Mims debuts at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with his album "Music Is My Savior" (76,000 units). "Hot" hit the top of The Billboard Hot 100 last month and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Music Is My Savior" enters at No. 2 ... Good Charlotte's its fourth album, "Good Morning Revival," enters the big chart at No. 7 with 66,000 units. Its last set, "The Chronicles of Life and Death," debuted much stronger at No. 3 with 199,000 in 2004. The new album is led by the single "The River," which has yet to impact any of our radio airplay charts ... Elton John visits the top 10 of The Billboard 200 for the first time in nearly 10 years as "Rocket Man: Number Ones" bows at No. 9 with 49,000 units -- his 16th top 10 album. His last set to reach the top 10 was "The Big Picture," which also hit No. 9 back in the fall of 1997. The new "Rocket Man" set is John's seventh greatest-hits album to hit The Billboard 200, dating back to 1974's "Greatest Hits." Since then, he has released "Greatest Hits, Volume II" (1977), "Greatest Hits, Volume III, 1979-1987" (1987), the ballads set "Love Songs" (1996), the live hits compilation "One Night Only - The Greatest Hits" (2000) and the double-disc "Greatest Hits 1970-2002" (2002).

• Though she has charted a handful of hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and is of course fluent in Spanish, "Como Ama Una Mujer" is the Spanish-language debut album for Jennifer Lopez. The set bows at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums and Top Latin Pop Albums and at No. 10 on The Billboard 200. Only a few Spanish-language albums have debuted in the top 10 on the big chart, including sets by Mana, Don Omar and Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony ... The bevy of titles debuting in the top 10 weren't the only notable arrivals this week. A gaggle of other new entries start a couple slots down the chart. Rapper Redman returns after a long hiatus with "Red Gone Wild" at No. 13 with 44,000 units. The "Disneymania 5" compilation debuts with 44,000 units at No. 14. It also starts at No. 1 on Top Kid Audio and No. 2 on Top Compilation Albums. Lil' Flip floats onto The Billboard 200 at No. 15 with "I Need Mine." The two-CD set sold 43,000 in its opening week. Stevie Nicks' second hits package, titled "Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks," bows at No. 20 (34,000 units). Her last best-of, "Timespace," debuted and peaked at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 in 1991. New pop artist Mika makes a splash at No. 29 with "Life in Cartoon Motion" selling 30,000. Prodigy's "Return of the Mac" bows at No. 32 with 27,000 while Alabama cashes in on the success of its 2006 "Songs of Inspiration" set with its follow-up, "Songs of Inspiration II." The latter bows at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 with 26,000 units. On Top Christian Albums, it's the band's second consecutive chart-topper.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb ) 11 1 MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (Epic / Sony BMG)
*2 New VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 24 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol) 12 10 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
*3 New YOUNG BUCK Buck The World (G-Unit / Interscope) *13 New REDMAN Red Gone Wild (Def Jam / IDJMG)
*4 New MIMS Music Is My Savior (Capitol ) *14 New VARIOUS ARTISTS Disneymania 5 (Walt Disney)
5 6 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) *15 New LIL' FLIP I Need Mine $$ (Asylum/Warner Bros. )
6 4 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) *15 25 GWEN STEFANI The Sweet Escape (Interscope)
*7 New GOOD CHARLOTTE Good Morning Revival (Daylight / Epic / Sony Music) 16 15 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Artista/Arista Nashville/RMG)
8 2 JOSS STONE Introducing Joss Stone (Virgin ) 17 11 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive/Zomba)
*9 New ELTON JOHN Rocket Man: Number Ones (Chronicles / Rocket / Island / Mercury / UMe) 18 13 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am/A&M/Interscope)
*10 New JENNIFER LOPEZ Como Ama Una Mujer (Epic / Sony Music) 19 8 MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic/AG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 9.13 million units
• UP 4.7% from last issue's charts: 8.72 million units
• DOWN 15.4% from same week, 2006: 10.80 million units
• This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: T.I. was tops with "King," shifting a smashing 522,000 in its first week. Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits Vol. 2: Reflected" settled for the runner-up slot in its debut week (242,000). Ghostface Killah, Rob Zombie and Atreyu also bowed in the top 10 with new releases. The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 1 album this week, McGraw's "Let It Go" (Curb), sold 325,000.
• The No. 1 album for the same week of 2006, T.I.'s "King" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic/AG), sold 522,000.
• Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 547,817.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• On the CHR/Top 40 chart, Daughtry's "It's Not Over" slips 1-2, making way for Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" (featuring Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump) to jump 4-1. It's the first No. 1 on this chart for Gym Class as well as Stump ... Meanwhile, down at No. 34, Maroon5 returns from a long hiatus with "Makes Me Wonder," the first single from its forthcoming second studio album. Maroon5's history on the CHR/Top 40 chart dates back to Aug. 2, 2003, when "Harder to Breathe" debuted. The band racked up four CHR/Top 40 hits from its "Songs About Jane" album. The album's final hit, "Sunday Morning," spent its last week on the CHR/Top 40 chart two years ago, on April 16, 2005 ... "Makes Me Wonder" also debuts at No. 21 on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart.

• Nine Inch Nails score its fourth consecutive No. 1 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart, as "Survivalism" skips 2-1. The track is the first single from NIN's "Year Zero" album, due April. 17 ... Nine Inch Nails joins Linkin Park as the only two acts to achieve four or more consecutive No. 1s on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. The latter group did it with the five singles from its 2003 "Meteora" album.

• As Tim McGraw collects his 22nd No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," he also manages the chart's Hot Shot Debut. His duet with wife Faith Hill on "I Need You" begins at No. 48. It's the fourth time the couple has reached the chart. Previously, the duo scored hits with 1997's "It's Your Love" (No. 1 for six weeks), "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me" (No. 3) and "Let's Make Love" (No. 6) ... Michael Buble registers the AC/Adult Contemporary chart's highest debut by a non-holiday title in almost six years, as "Everything" explodes at No. 17. Excluding Christmas entries, the last song to enter higher was Hill's "There You'll Be," which began at No. 15 in May 2001 on its way to a 12-week stay at No. 1. "Everything" also bowed handsomely on The Billboard Hot 100 last week (on the chart dated April 7), arriving at No. 46. It immediately became Buble's biggest Hot 100 hit ever.





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New YOUNG BUCK Buck The World (G-Unit / Interscope)
*2 New MIMS Music Is My Savior (Capitol )
*3 New VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 24 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)
*4 New REDMAN Red Gone Wild (Def Jam / IDJMG)
*5 New LIL' FLIP I Need Mine $$ (Asylum / Warner Bros.)
6 2 MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG)
7 7 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
8 3 LLOYD Street Love (The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*9 New PRODIGY Return Of The Mac (The Infamous / Koch)
10 5 RICH BOY Rich Boy (Zone 4 / Interscope)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
2 1 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*3 New ALABAMA Songs Of Inspiration II (RCA / SBN)
*4 New JACK INGRAM This Is It (Big Machine )
*5 4 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
6 3 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
7 2 GARY ALLAN Greatest Hits (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
8 5 DIXIE CHICKS Taking The Long Way (Columbia / Sony Music)
9 9 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
10 10 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO Grand National (Lava / Atlantic)
*2 2 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
*3 New MADINA LAKE From Them, Through Us, To You (Roadrunner )
4 4 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*5 New KIM WATERS You Are My Lady (Shanachie )
*6 20 LOS CUATES DE SINALOA Puro Sierreno Bravo (Sony BMG Norte )
7 1 TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS Living With The Living (Touch And Go )
8 9 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
9 13 XTREME Haciendo Historia (La Calle / UG)
*10 19 EMERSON DRIVE Countrified (Montage / Midas)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
2 2 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
*3 New CELTIC WOMAN Celtic Woman (Manhattan / BLG)
*4 6 SELAH Hiding Place (Curb )
5 3 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
6 4 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
7 12 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits (Curb )
*8 13 SOUNDTRACK Grease (Polydor / Universal / UMe)
9 7 CREED Greatest Hits (Wind-up )
10 11 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Timbaland's "Shock Value," Hilary Duff's "Dignity," Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing," Alison Krauss' "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection," the deluxe reissue of Beyonce's "B'Day" album, Shadows Fall's "Threads of Life" and Paul Wall's "Get Money Stay True."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" bowed at No. 1 with 722,000 and the "Now 21" set opened at No. 2 (334,000). Pink and Bubba Sparxxx also started in the top 10. The top six albums sold more than 100,000 units.