Musiq Soulchild takes his "Luvanmusic" straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the R&B singer his second chart-topper ... Five other acts' albums debut in the top 10 this week: Lloyd, Rich Boy, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse and 8Ball & MJG. The big chart also greets new entries from Brit import James Morrison, rockers Type O Negative, the Fratellis, the latest "Radio Disney Jams" set and the newest from Aqualung ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Daughtry, 30 Seconds to Mars, the Bravery and new country act Flynnville Train.




FLASH POINTS



• As his "Buddy" single becomes his biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit since 2002, Musiq Soulchild celebrates his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Luvanmusiq" opens atop the chart with 149,000. "Buddy" is already in the top five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, his best showing since "Dontchange" peaked at No. 3 in 2002 ... Musiq's last set, "Soulstar," debuted and peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 in 2003 with 156,000. Though his latest album can't beat the first-week sales of "Soulstar," keep in mind that that album's opening sales frame was elevated because of its release in the thick of the Christmas shopping rush in December 2003 ... His 2002 set, "Juslisen (Just Listen)," opened at No. 1 with 260,000 ... Musiq's just one of five R&B or hip-hop artists that debut in the top 10 this week. He joins R&B singer Lloyd at No. 2, rapper Rich Boy at No. 3, British R&B singer Amy Winehouse at No. 7 and rap act 8Ball & MJG at No. 8. Lloyd's last album, 2004's "Southside," only spent 14 weeks on the chart after it bowed and peaked at No. 11 with 67,000. This time around, Lloyd has a massive hit single with "You." It's in the top 25 on the CHR/Top 40 airplay chart and in the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100. The tune has already hit No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.


• Powered by his "Throw Some D's" hit single, rapper Rich Boy starts at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 112,000 units. The track has hit the top three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and is climbing up The Billboard Hot 100. The Mobile, Ala., native's debut album features production from Polow Da Don, Lil Jon, Brian Kidd and Needlz. He's currently on tour with Lil Wayne, Birdman, Young Jeezy and Jim Jones with dates lined up through April ... A few slots down The Billboard 200 we greet the arrival of 8Ball & MJG's "Ridin' High" at No. 8 with 50,000 units. Collectively, the two rappers have charted 10 albums on The Billboard 200. The duo's last chart entry, 2004's "Living Legends," debuted and peaked at No. 3 on that list.


• Neil Young brings his latest archival live album to The Billboard 200 as "Live at Massey Hall" starts at No. 6 with 57,000. The album captures a 1971 acoustic concert and also comes in a CD/DVD package; the DVD includes the entire show. Young's last archive set, "Live at the Fillmore East: March 6 & 7, 1970," debuted and peaked at No. 55 last November. It bowed with 20,000 units ... At No. 7, British R&B sensation Amy Winehouse starts with her "Back to Black" album, selling 51,000. Digital retail accounted for 31% of the set's first-week sales. Her single "You Know I'm No Good" has gotten love from MTV, VH1 and VH1 Soul. MTV played it 18 times for the week ending March 18, making it the eighth-most-played clip on the network. On VH1 Soul, it garnered 20 plays ... Another British import, singer/songwriter James Morrison, starts at No. 24 with "Undiscovered" (24,000). A whopping 47% of his sales came from digital retailers. This week, his single "You Give Me Something" debuts at No. 39 on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart and No. 30 on the Triple A chart. The song was ranked in the top 10 at two radio stations last week: WJZW Washington, D.C., and WXRV Boston.


• Other debuts on The Billboard 200 this week include ... Type O Negative's "Dead Again" at No. 27 with 22,000. It's the band's highest-charting album, but not its best sales week. Its 1999 set "World Coming Down" launched with 41,000 but started at No. 39 ... The Fratellis' "Costello Music" bows at No. 48 with 15,000. The set is partially powered by the band's fame thanks to the use of its "Flathead" song in Apple iTunes TV commercials. The tune (see Progress Reports, below) is bubbling under the Alternative/Modern Rock chart ... The ninth volume of the "Radio Disney Jams" series starts at No. 56 with 14,000. The set features songs by Daniel Powter, Natasha Bedingfield, Gwen Stefani, Rascal Flatts, Drew Seeley and a live version of "Start of Something New" by the "High School Musical" cast ... Aqualung's new album, "Memory Man," hits The Billboard 200 at No. 88. The act's last set, "Strange and Beautiful," spent nine weeks on the big chart, peaking at No. 108 in early 2006 ... At No. 120, the compilation "Stax 50th - A 50th Anniversary Celebration" bows with 7,000. The set features such classics as "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding and "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG) 11 11 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
*2 New LLOYD Street Love (The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG) 12 10 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
*3 New RICH BOY Rich Boy (Zone 4 / Interscope) 13 13 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
4 3 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 14 7 NORAH JONES Not Too Late (Blue Note / BLG)
5 4 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) 15 1 THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Greatest Hits (Bad Boy / AG)
*6 New NEIL YOUNG Live At Massey Hall 1971 (Reprise / Warner Bros.) 16 5 GARY ALLAN Greatest Hits (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*7 New AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG) 17 16 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner )
*8 New 8BALL & MJG Ridin High (Bad Boy South / Bad Boy / AG) 18 2 ARCADE FIRE Neon Bible (Merge )
9 8 FALL OUT BOY Infinity On High (Fueled By Ramen / Island / IDJMG) 19 17 NELLY FURTADO Loose (Mosley / Geffen / Interscope)
10 12 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG) 20 15 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.50 million units
• DOWN 1.8% from last issue's charts: 8.66 million units
• DOWN 18.7% from same week, 2006: 10.46 million units
• This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: the "High School Musical" soundtrack returned to No. 1 (142,000) while the biggest debut was from E-40's "My Ghetto Report Card" (No. 3; 94,000). Only the top two albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 20 album this week, Corinne Bailey Rae's "Corinne Bailey Rae" (Capitol), sold 34,000.
• The No. 20 album for the same week of 2006, Hawthorne Heights' "If Only You Were Lonely" (Victory), sold 34,000.
• Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 45,543.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Chris Daughtry is the second "American Idol" contestant to top the CHR/Top 40 chart (following Kelly Clarkson), as his band Daughtry rises 3-1 with "It's Not Over" ... Daughtry continues a resurgence by rock bands at the format, becoming the third to top the chart in the last five months, following Nickelback and Hinder. The last time three different rock groups led the list during a shorter span was from late 2001 through March 2002, when "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback (10 weeks), "Hey Baby" by No Doubt (one week) and "In the End" by Linkin Park (five weeks) all reached the top in succession ... "Over" displaces Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around ... Comes Around," which becomes the first song to top the CHR/Top 40 list for only a single week since Rihanna's "SOS" spent a solitary frame at No. 1 on the chart dated April 22, 2006.

• 30 Seconds to Mars grabs its first Alternative/Modern Rock No. 1 as "From Yesterday" skips 3-1 in its 22nd chart week. "Yesterday" is the follow-up to "The Kill (Bury Me)," which recently set the Alternative/Modern Rock record for most weeks on the chart (52). It peaked at No. 3 in August ... At the very bottom of the chart, at No. 40, the Bravery debuts with its new single "Time Won't Let Me Go." It's the lead track from the band's album "The Sun and the Moon," due May 22 ... Titles that are bubbling under the Alternative/Modern Rock chart that are likely to debut in the coming weeks include Say Anything's "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too," the Fratellis' "Flathead" and Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs."

• On Hot Country Songs, Kenny Chesney holds at No. 1 with "Beer in Mexico" while Carrie Underwood slides 6-3 with "Wasted." That gives the "American Idol" champ her fourth consecutive top three single on the Hot Country Songs chart, following "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Before He Cheats" and "Don't Forget to Remember Me" ... Little Big Town nabs its sixth top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart as "A Little More You" hops 46-39 ... Down at No. 59, new act Flynnville Train bows with "Last Good Time." The Show Dog Nashville act is working on its major-label debut, which is due later this year.





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG)
*2 New LLOYD Street Love (The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*3 New RICH BOY Rich Boy (Zone 4 / Interscope)
*4 New 8BALL & MJG Ridin High (Bad Boy South / Bad Boy / AG)
5 3 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
6 2 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
7 1 THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Greatest Hits (Bad Boy / AG)
8 4 GERALD LEVERT In My Songs (Atlantic / AG)
9 5 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
*10 New 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 2 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
2 1 GARY ALLAN Greatest Hits (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
3 4 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
4 3 DIXIE CHICKS Taking The Long Way (Columbia / Sony Music)
5 5 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
6 6 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
7 7 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
8 9 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
9 8 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
10 11 BRAD PAISLEY Time Well Wasted (Arista Nashville / SBN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 CONSEQUENCE Don't Quit Your Day Job (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Red Ink)
2 4 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
*3 7 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
4 2 ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. Yours To Keep (Scratchie / New Line)
5 6 RJD2 The Third Hand (XL / Beggars Group)
6 9 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
7 3 THE STOOGES The Weirdness (Virgin )
8 10 XTREME Haciendo Historia (La Calle / UG)
*9 13 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Y Gabriela (ATO )
10 12 IMOGEN HEAP Speak For Yourself (RCA Victor )
* 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 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
3 4 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
4 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Wonderful Cross: 12 Modern Worshop Songs Celebrating The Cross (Worship Together )
5 5 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
6 6 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*7 9 EVANESCENCE Fallen (Wind-up )
*8 16 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
*9 18 SELAH Hiding Place (Curb )
*10 10 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits (Curb )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," Elliot Yamin's "Elliott Yamin," LCD Soundsystem's "Sound of Silver," Marques Houston's "Veteran" and Joss Stone's "Introducing Joss Stone."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Prince scored his first No. 1 since 1989, as "3121" debuted with 183,000. Three more albums debuted in the top 10 from B.G., Ben Harper and Teddy Geiger. The top three albums sold more than 100,000 units.