Daughtry, fronted by "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry, climbs to No. 1, pushing the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack to No. 2 ... The margin between Nos. 1 and 2 is the smallest ever since Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan to power The Billboard 200 in 1991 ... Corinne Bailey Rae combines an "Oprah Winfrey Show" performance with sale pricing to vault into the top five ... A handful of beloved artists make handsome debuts in the top 50 -- Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra and Al Green ... America stages a comeback with its return to The Billboard 200 ... Fall Out Boy makes waves at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs ... In Progress Reports, we've got news on Fergie, Lumidee, Bloc Party, Hector "El Father," Jennifer Lopez and a banner week for indie dance label Thrive.




FLASH POINTS



• Daughtry climbs to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, edging out the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack by the slimmest margin ever between Nos. 1 and 2. By a mere handful of units, the rock band, led by "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry, heads to the top of the chart with 65,000 (and a 30% increase). This is the third time in the past year where an album has climbed to No. 1 without having debuted there. (The others were the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack and the "High School Musical" album.) "Daughtry" debuted at No. 2 last November with 304,000 and has never left the top 11 ... The 30% increase for "Daughtry" is likely owed to the hype surrounding the new season of "American Idol," a hot radio single ("It's Not Over") and an $11.99 sale price at Circuit City. "It's Not Over" rises 14-13 on the CHR/Top 40 chart and skips 13-10 on Hot AC ... For three weeks in a row now, the top-selling album has moved less than 100,000 units. The last time this happened was way back in May and June of 1991, shortly after Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan sales data to drive The Billboard 200.

• With eight Academy Award nominations, "Dreamgirls" leads the pack this year with the most Oscar nods. Stunningly, it was shut out of the best picture category, where many prognosticators thought it was a lock for a nomination. There is a silver lining: Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy claimed supporting actress and actor nods, respectively, while three of the film's new tunes earned best original song nominations. It's the first time one movie has so dominated the song category since the 67th Academy Awards in 1995, when "The Lion King" also had three nominees ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata") ... The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack, powered by its three award contenders -- "Listen," "Patience" and "Love You I Do" -- is up 9% this week, but gets pushed down to No. 2.


• While we await the arrival of Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" and Katharine McPhee's self-titled debut Jan. 30, this week saw the bow of significant -- but not blockbuster -- releases. Yesterday's slate of new albums included John Mellencamp's "Freedom's Road," the Shins' "Wincing the Night Away," Pretty Ricky's "Late Night Special," Saliva's "Blood Stained Love Story" and the latest "Grammy Nominees" compilation. Will any of them brighten up the top of the chart?

• Mellencamp's last studio set, 2003's "Trouble No More," started at No. 31 with 32,000. Though his new album boasts the Chevy jingle "Our Country," Mellencamp has yet to sell more than 83,000 in any single week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... The Shins' newest should make a handsome entrance, considering the good will the band built through its presence on the "Garden State" soundtrack and the 416,000 sold of its last studio set, 2003's "Chutes Too Narrow" ... Pretty Ricky is riding high with its hit single "On the Hotline," but its last album never did more than 56,000 in a week. But we shouldn't underestimate the group's devoted young fan base ... Saliva's current radio track, "Ladies and Gentlemen," is slowly creeping up the Modern Rock chart (No. 33 this week). Its best sales came with the debut of 2002's "Back Into Your System" (69,000) ... Last year's "Grammy Nominees" album started at No. 14 with 43,000, though the 2005 release began much stronger -- at No. 8 with 78,000.


• We'll give you two guesses as to why Corinne Bailey Rae sees her self-titled album fly 32-4 on The Billboard 200 with a 155% increase. Yes, she performed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." And secondly, the set was discounted for less than $10 at Best Buy, Circuit City and Kmart ... The singer took part in the latest installment of Winfrey's "What's Playing on Your iPod" series, joining Mary J. Blige and Carly Simon. Each performer had a short sit-down interview with Winfrey, while Bailey Rae and Blige each sang two songs. Though Simon only performed one, she made it count. It was a rendition of "You Can Close Your Eyes," written by ex-husband James Taylor, from her "Into White" album. It gets better -- she performed it with their children, Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor. Blige's "Reflections" goes 25-19 (down by less than 1%) while "The Breakthrough" motors 141-95 (up 50%). Simon's "Into White" slips 13-20 (down 23%).


• The top debut on The Billboard 200 this week belongs to a legend with a chart history that spans multiple decades. Diana Ross' "I Love You" starts at No. 32 with 21,000. It's the supreme diva's best chart rank since 1984's "Swept Away" peaked at No. 26. Ross spent last week hitting the talk show circuit where she visited "Late Show With David Letterman," "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "Good Morning America" ... Another legend, Frank Sinatra, sees his latest compilation, "Romance: Songs From the Heart," start at No. 36. The just-in-time-for-Valentine's Day set sold 19,000, and is his 10th release to reach the big chart since 2000 ... Al Green can also celebrate a milestone, as his "The Definitive Greatest Hits" begins at No. 46. That's the R&B singer's highest-charting album in nearly 32 years. He last climbed to a higher position in 1975, when "Al Green Is Love" peaked at No. 28 ... America stages a comeback as its "Here & Now" album bows at No. 52 with 14,000 units. That's the best rank for the band since "View From the Ground" went to No. 41 in 1982. The new album is produced with Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha. It comes packaged with a live bonus disc featuring the band performing the entirety of its 1975 hits package "History."

• On Hot Digital Songs and Hot Digital Tracks, Fall Out Boy debuts at No. 1 with 162,000 downloads of "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." It's the first time a rock title has opened at No. 1 on either chart since U2 bowed atop Hot Digital Tracks with "Vertigo" Oct. 14, 2004. It's a safe bet that Fall Out Boy will debut in the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100 once it is compiled later today (Jan. 24) ... The top two debuts on Top Blues Albums come from Alligator Records with Coco Montoya's best-ever debut at No. 2 with "Dirty Deal" and the Holmes Brothers' "State of Grace" at No. 3. This is the first time Alligator has had two of the top three titles on Top Blues Albums.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 4 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 11 11 SOUNDTRACK Hannah Montana (Walt Disney )
*2 1 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music) *12 17 NELLY FURTADO Loose (Mosley / Geffen / Interscope)
*3 5 SOUNDTRACK Jump In! (Walt Disney ) 13 12 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*4 32 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol ) 14 9 YOUNG JEEZY The Inspiration (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
5 2 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) 15 8 THE BEATLES Love (Apple / Capitol)
6 3 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba) 16 16 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
7 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 23 (Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony Music) 17 24 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
8 10 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner / IDJMG) 18 20 CIARA Ciara: The Evolution (LaFace / Zomba)
*9 15 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG) 19 25 MARY J. BLIGE Reflections (A Retrospective) (Matriarch / Geffen / Interscope)
10 6 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music) 20 13 CARLY SIMON Into White (Columbia / Sony Music)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.09 million units
• DOWN .05% from last issue's charts: 8.09 million units
• DOWN 14.7% from same week, 2006: 9.48 million units
• This week: No albums sold more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" headed back to the top with 97,000 while the previous week's No. 1, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough," slipped to No. 2 (95,000). The Hot Shot Debut on the chart belonged to Too Short at No. 80 with "Pimpin' Incorporated" (11,000). No albums on the chart sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 10 album this week, Beyonce's "B'Day" (Columbia), sold 33,000.
• The No. 10 album for the same week of 2006, Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), sold 40,000.
• Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 60,313.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• On the CHR/Top 40 radio airplay chart, Fergie debuts with "Glamorous," the third single from her "The Dutchess" album. It follows the top five hits "London Bridge" (No. 4) and "Fergalicious" (No. 2) ... Also on the CHR/Top 40 chart, Lumidee returns after a little more than three years, as "She's Like the Wind" starts at No. 38. The song features Tony Sunshine and is a cover of Patrick Swayze's 1987 "Dirty Dancing" hit. Swayze's original, which he co-wrote, hit No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100.


• On Hot Latin Songs, Hector "El Father" rises 4-1 with "Sola" to claim his first chart-topper on that tally. He leads a particularly exciting chart, where Luis Fonsi's "Tu Amor" flies 19-5 with a 35% increase in radio audience. Also moving up is Xtreme's "Shorty Shorty" (22-7) and Beyonce's "Irreemplazable" (10-8). The latter is the Spanish version of her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "Irreplaceable" ... Speaking of divas, Jennifer Lopez debuts at No. 29 on Latin Pop Songs with "Que Hiciste." It's her first visit to the Latin Pop chart since 2003 when "I'm Glad" reached No. 38. All told, she has had eight singles reach the chart, with "No Me Ames" (with Marc Anthony) and "Amor Se Paga Con Amor" hitting the top 10. "Que Hiciste" is the lead single from Lopez' first all-Spanish album, "Como Ama Una Mujer," due April 3.


• Bloc Party previews its forthcoming "A Weekend in the City" album (due Feb. 6) with the debut of the set's first single, "I Still Remember," at No. 39 on Modern Rock. The band's lone previous entry was "Banquet," which stalled at No. 34 in 2005 ... Independent dance label Thrive scores its first No. 1 on Top Electronic Albums with its 14th charted title as the DJ Scribble/Vic Latino compilation "ThriveMix03" debuts in the top spot with nearly 8,000 units scanned. Latino's last edition of the series, "ThriveMix02," was the label's highest-charting outing until now, as it peaked at No. 4 last year. This also marks the first time since March 26, 2005 that a compilation, rather than an artist album, has been No. 1 on the chart -- that week "Fired Up! 2" was at the top.




Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)
2 2 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
3 4 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
4 3 YOUNG JEEZY The Inspiration (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
5 5 NAS Hip Hop Is Dead (Def Jam / Columbia / IDJMG)
6 7 MARY J. BLIGE Reflections (A Retrospective) (Matriarch / Geffen / Interscope)
7 8 CIARA Ciara: The Evolution (LaFace / Zomba)
8 10 OMARION 21 (T.U.G. / Epic / Columbia / Sony Music)
9 6 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
*10 24 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol )
* 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 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
3 3 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
*4 4 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
5 5 BRAD PAISLEY Time Well Wasted (Arista Nashville / SBN)
6 8 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
7 7 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
*8 13 KELLIE PICKLER Small Town Girl (BNA / SBN)
9 9 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
10 6 SOUNDTRACK Broken Bridges (Show Dog Nashville )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Hot Singles Sales

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 RICH BOY FEAT. POLOW DA DON Throw Some D's (Zone 4 / Interscope)
2 2 TOBYMAC Made To Love (ForeFront )
3 3 BEYONCE Irreplaceable (Columbia )
4 4 SEAN BAKER Passion Party (Tyranny )
5 6 KATHARINE MCPHEE Somewhere Over The Rainbow/My Destiny (RCA / RMG)
6 5 LIL' BASS FEAT. JT MONEY Kool Aid (Pipeline )
7 7 THE SHINS Phantom Limb (Sub Pop )
8 10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEAT. T.I. My Love (Jive / Zomba)
9 8 MADONNA Jump (Warner Bros. )
10 9 TEE-N-TEE Dance, Dance, Dance (Tee-N-Tee )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 3 AVENTURA K.O.B.: Live (Premium Latin / Sony BMG Norte)
*2 4 MAT KEARNEY Nothing Left To Lose (Aware / Columbia / Sony Music)
*3 12 SILVERSUN PICKUPS Carnavas (dangerbird )
*4 8 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Y Gabriela (ATO )
*5 22 ROCCO DELUCA & THE BURDEN I Trust You To Kill Me (Ironworks )
6 5 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*7 15 LEO DAN La Historia (Sony BMG Norte )
8 2 LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA El Papa De Los Pollitos (Univision / UG)
9 7 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
10 6 ANA GABRIEL La Reina Canta A Mexico (Sony BMG Norte )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 2 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
*2 5 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
3 3 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
4 1 DANE COOK Harmful If Swallowed (Comedy Central )
5 7 TOBYMAC Momentum (ForeFront )
6 4 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
7 9 JOURNEY Journey's Greatest Hits (Legacy / Columbia / Sony Music)
8 10 CREED Greatest Hits (Wind-up )
9 8 THE DOORS Best Of The Doors (Elektra / Asylum / Elektra)
10 12 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: John Mellencamp's "Freedom's Road," the Shins' "Wincing the Night Away," the Good, the Bad & the Queen's self-titled album, the "2007 Grammy Nominees" compilation, Beverley Mitchell's self-titled album, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "10 Days Out (Blues From the Backroads)" and Pretty Ricky's "Late Night Special."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Il Divo's "Ancora" shook up the sleepy chart with its debut at No. 1 (156,000). Josh Turner started at No. 2 with "Your Man" (102,000) while three more albums also started in the top 10. Yellowcard bowed at No. 5 (90,000), the "Now #1's" compilation debuted at No. 6 (90,000) and P.O.D.'s "Testify" climbed in at No. 9 (58,000). The top two albums sold more than 100,000 units.