Fall Out Boy rocks The Billboard 200 with its first No. 1 album as "Infinity on High" debuts in the penthouse ... Ashley Tisdale, best-known as a co-star of Disney Channel's "High School Musical," becomes the second member of the movie's cast to hit the big chart ... Jason Michael Carroll has the best debut sales week for a new country male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992. Carroll's self-titled set enters the Country Albums chart at No. 1 ... Rock band Bloc Party has its best sales week ever as "A Weekend in the City" starts at No. 12.




FLASH POINTS



• Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" gives way to Fall Out Boy and its first No. 1 album, "Infinity on High." The rock quartet's set moved 260,000 last week -- the band's best sales week ever, easily surpassing the 157,000 that "From Under the Cork Tree" shifted during Christmas week of 2005. That album debuted and peaked at No. 9 that same year ... "Infinity" was led by the radio single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," which rises 10-8 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart this week. On the CHR/Top 40 tally, it skips 19-16. Overall, for the week ending Feb. 11, the song garnered 33 million in radio audience from all formats (up 2.8 million), according to Nielsen BDS. It was one of the top five most-played songs last week at KROQ Los Angeles (36 spins), WKQX Chicago (28 plays) and 21 other stations. The videoclip was the most-played at MTV2 while it ranked at Nos. 2 and 4 at MTV Hits and MTV, respectively ... Last week the band was all over specialty programming on MTV (Feb. 6-7), and played "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Feb. 8) and "AOL Music Live" (Feb. 10) ... "Infinity on High" was sale-priced its first week out for less than $10 at Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart and Wal-Mart.


• Ashley Tisdale is the second cast member from Disney's "High School Musical" to chart a solo album, as her "Headstrong" set debuts at No. 5 with 64,000. Last year, her "Musical" pal Vanessa Hudgens started at No. 24 with "V" (34,000). Since its September release, "V" has moved 371,000 ... The next actor from "High School Musical" whose album will hit the chart is Corbin Bleu, whose "Another Side" streets April 17 ... Radio is essentially ignoring "He Said, She Said," the lead single from Tisdale's album. However, another album track, "Be Good to Me," was the 10th-most-played tune on Radio Disney last week (42 detections).


• Thanks to his top 10 Hot Country Songs hit "Alyssa Lies," new artist Jason Michael Carroll finds himself not only with a No. 8 debut on The Billboard 200, but the No. 1 Country Album as well. His "Waitin' in the Country" set sold 58,000 last week, enough to make his entrance the biggest bow by a new male country artist since Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All" started with 90,000 in 1992. Carroll also is the first new male artist to start at No. 1 since "Nashville Star" winner Buddy Jewell did so in 2003 with his self-titled set. If we look at all artists, Carroll can crow that he's the first new one (that wasn't on "Nashville Star" or "American Idol") to debut at No. 1 on Country Albums since Gretchen Wilson did it with "Here for the Party" in May 2004. (For this comparison, that means we're backing out No. 1 debuts from TV stars Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kellie Pickler.)


• Hipster favorite Bloc Party sees its second album, "A Weekend in the City," debut at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 with 48,000 units. It also plants the flag at No. 3 on Top Tastemakers and Top Rock Albums. The U.K. band's last effort, "Silent Alarm," topped out at No. 114 in 2005. It spent 16 weeks on the chart, and has sold 291,000. That set was supported by the hit single "Banquet," which has sold 106,000 downloads and reached No. 34 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. The new album's single, "I Still Remember," climbs 35-32 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart in its fourth week on the tally. Only five monitored radio stations aired the song more than 20 times last week -- KUCD Honolulu; KJEE Santa Barbara, Calif.; WEQX Albany, N.Y.; XTRA San Diego; and KNXX Baton Rouge, La.


• Other debuts on The Billboard 200 this week ... Patty Griffin's "Children Running Through" starts at No. 34 with 27,000. Her last charting set, "Impossible Dream," debuted and peaked at No. 67 in 2004 ... Jordan Pruitt bows at No. 64 with 14,000. Her "No Ordinary Girl" album may be her first full-length effort, but she has been part of the Disney and Hollywood Records family for a while now. She was the opening artist on both the recent High School Musical and Cheetah Girls tours. Additionally, her music was included on the soundtrack to "Jump In!" and on the "Girl Next" compilation ... The Used's CD/DVD combo "Berth" starts at No. 71 (13,000) ... Bayside's "The Walking Wounded" begins at No. 75 with 13,000. The Victory band's last studio set, 2005's self-titled release, spent one week on the chart at No. 153 ... Barenaked Ladies climb in at No. 102 with "Barenaked Ladies Are Men" (10,000). It's the group's third straight album title to begin with the word "Barenaked" following "Barenaked for the Holidays" (which peaked at No. 64 in 2004) and "Barenaked Ladies Are Me" (No. 17 in 2006) ... Los Caminantes' "La Historia" debuts at No. 117 with 8,000. It also starts at No. 4 on Top Latin Albums.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New FALL OUT BOY Infinity On High (Fueled By Ramen / Island / IDJMG) 11 2 KATHARINE MCPHEE Katharine McPhee (RCA / RMG)
2 1 NORAH JONES Not Too Late (Blue Note / BLG) *12 New BLOC PARTY Weekend In The City (Vice / Atlantic)
3 3 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 13 5 PRETTY RICKY Late Night Special (BlueStar / Atlantic / AG)
*4 6 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) 14 7 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)
*5 New ASHLEY TISDALE Headstrong (Warner Bros. ) *15 14 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner / IDJMG)
*6 9 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope) *16 19 NELLY FURTADO Loose (Mosley / Geffen / Interscope)
*7 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS 2007 Grammy Nominees (Grammy / Sony BMG CMG) *17 33 JOSH GROBAN Awake (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*8 New JASON MICHAEL CARROLL Waitin' In The Country (Arista Nashville / SBN) 18 4 CELTIC WOMAN A New Journey (Manhattan / BLG)
*9 17 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol ) *19 24 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*10 16 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba) 20 8 THE SHINS Wincing The Night Away (Sub Pop )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 9.82 million units
• DOWN 4.75% from last issue's charts: 9.37 million units
• DOWN 18.67% from same week, 2006: 12.07 million units
• This week: The top two albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Jack Johnson's "Curious George" soundtrack debuted at No. 1 with 163,000. Dem Franchize Boyz's "On Top of Our Game" started at No. 5 with 106,000. The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 200 album this week, the "Grey's Anatomy: Volume 2" soundtrack (Hollywood), sold 5,000.
• The No. 200 album for the same week of 2006, the "Crunk Hits" compilation (TVT), sold 6,000.
• Average total of the No. 200 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 6,228.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Nelly Furtado scores her second career No. 1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart - both from her current album "Loose" -- as "Say It Right" jumps 2-1. Her previous chart-topper, "Promiscuous," held the top spot for eight weeks last summer. Furtado also guests (with Justin Timberlake) on Timbaland's "Give It to Me," which takes Most Increased Plays honors for a second consecutive week (up 836 spins) and shoots 31-25. "Say" additionally rises 11-8 on the Rhythmic Top 40 list, becoming her third top 10 there, and 17-14 at Hot AC/Adult Top 40 with the format's second-greatest gain (up 258 detections). With the rise of "Say" at CHR/Top 40, Furtado becomes the first female artist to draw two No. 1s from one album since Mariah Carey ("We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off") and Kelly Clarkson ("Since U Been Gone" and "Because of You") both accomplished the feat in 2005.

• Capping a week that saw him win Grammy Awards for best pop vocal album for "Continuum" and best male pop vocal for "Waiting On the World to Change," John Mayer collects another honor -- his first AC/Adult Contemporary No. 1, as "Waiting" rises 2-1. Of Mayer's four previous chart titles, "Daughters" had climbed highest, hitting No. 2 in April 2005. "Waiting" topped the Triple A chart for six weeks last summer and remains in the top five at Hot AC/Adult Top 40 after reaching No. 2 ... As the monitored AC panel of radio stations expands from 90 to 104 outlets this issue, the 1,840 plays "Waiting" received also marks the highest weekly total for any title since Clarkson's "Breakaway" received 1,868 spins on the chart dated May 6, 2005.

• George Strait fattens his lead as the artist with the most No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart as "It Just Comes Natural" rises 2-1 to become his 42nd chart-topper. Strait made lots of chart noise last year, tying Conway Twitty's long-held lead with 40 No. 1 singles when "She Let Herself Go" dominated the chart dated Jan. 14, 2006. Strait toppled Twitty's record when "Give It Away" logged two weeks at No. 1 starting in the Sept. 30, 2006 issue ... Big & Rich claim their highest chart debut to date with "Lost in This Moment," which arrives at No. 41. The duo's prior high entry on the chart came when "Holy Water" bowed at No. 51 in September 2004. However, a collaborative single with Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy titled "Our America" popped on at No. 44 in July 2005. ... Big & Rich are still searching for their first top 10 single. "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" is the duo's best chart showing, having stopped at No. 11 in July 2004.





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 1 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
2 2 PRETTY RICKY Late Night Special (BlueStar / Atlantic / AG)
3 4 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)
*4 5 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*5 6 YOUNG JEEZY The Inspiration (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
6 3 JILL SCOTT Jill Scott Collaborations (Hidden Beach )
*7 16 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol )
*8 11 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
9 7 MARY J. BLIGE Reflections (A Retrospective) (Matriarch / Geffen / Interscope)
10 8 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New JASON MICHAEL CARROLL Waitin' In The Country (Arista Nashville / SBN)
*2 3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*3 2 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
4 4 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
5 5 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
6 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Country 6 (Sony BMG CMG )
*7 7 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*8 8 BRAD PAISLEY Time Well Wasted (Arista Nashville / SBN)
*9 9 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
*10 10 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 2 SELAH Hiding Place (Curb )
*2 31 PRINCE The Very Best Of Prince (Warner Bros. )
3 3 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
4 4 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
*5 6 JOSH GROBAN Closer (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
6 1 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
*7 5 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*8 New MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
9 9 THE DOORS Best Of The Doors (Elektra / Asylum / Elektra)
*10 12 JOHNNY CASH 16 Biggest Hits (Legacy / Columbia (Nashville) / 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: Gerald Levert's "In My Songs," Van Morrison's "At the Movies" and Lucinda Williams' "West."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Jaheim's "Ghetto Classics" debuted at No. 1 with 152,000. The next-highest debut was Matchbook Romance's "Voices" at No. 43 with 28,000. The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.