With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Incubus achieves its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as "Light Grenades" debuts ... the long-delayed second studio set from Clipse finally makes its entrance, starting at No. 14 on the big chart at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ... In other news, Christmas albums continue to invade the upper reaches of the charts, Chris Daughtry is the first "American Idol" finalist to reach any of our rock radio charts and Fall Out Boy returns with the first single from its upcoming album.


FLASH POINTS

• Incubus scores its first No. 1 album, as "Light Grenades" begins with 165,000. The band's last set, "A Crow Left Of The Murder," debuted at No. 2 with 332,000 in 2004 while "Morning View" also began in the runner-up slot with 266,000 ... The new album's first single, "Anna-Molly," is the group's ninth top 10 hit on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. It's currently spending its fourth week at No. 2 on that list. The band's previous top 10s include "Drive" (No. 1), "Megalomaniac" (No. 1), "Wish You Were Here" (No. 2) and "Stellar" (No. 2) ... "Anna Molly" was the most played song on 16 radio stations for the week ending Dec. 3, according to Nielsen BDS. Those outlets include WIIL Chicago (32 plays), KITS San Francisco (33 plays) and WBCN Boston (22 plays) ... The band's tour begins on Jan. 5 in Vancouver and winds to a finish on Feb. 11 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

• In the week after the busy Thanksgiving shopping frenzy, the top 10 of the chart suddenly gets seriously family-friendly, as the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" moves 7-2 (157,000) with a relatively tiny 6% decline in sales ... Rounding out the top five this week: Daughtry's self-titled album (No. 3; 156,000 - down 49% in its second frame), the "Now 23" collection (No. 4; 154,000), the Beatles' "Love" (No. 5 in its second week; 146,000 - down 46%) ... Last week's No. 1, Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come," drops 79% in its second week, moving to No. 6 with 140,000. Here is a quick recap of last week's other big debuts and where they move: Snoop Dogg's "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" (5-12, down 66%), Il Divo's "Siempre" (17-16, down 32%), U2's "U218 Singles" (12-24, down 56%), 2Pac's "Pac's Life" (9-30, down 67%), RBD's "Celestial" (15-29, down 54%), Brand New's "The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me" (31-64, down 63%) and Killswitch Engage's "As Daylight Dies" (32-68, down 64%).

• Once you get past Incubus' debut, you have to shuffle down to No. 14 to find the chart's next new entry. Clipse's "Hell Hath No Fury" finally makes its much belated bow with 78,000. Originally scheduled for a 2003 release, the duo's set was delayed many times for numerous reasons. Finally, after years in the making and assorted shifts in labels and legal wranglings, the album sees the light of day. The set is the act's second studio album, following "Lord Willin'" in 2002. That Star Trak/Arista release debuted and peaked at No. 4, starting with 122,000 ... The new set's current single, "Wamp, Wamp (What It Do)" (featuring Slim Thug), is bubbling under the charts with mediocre radio support. However, it was ranked No. 10 at KVSP Oklahoma City while its video garnered 13 plays at MTV2 ... Clipse is probably still best known -- at least to the general public -- as the guest rap act on Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You" single back in 2001.

• At this time last year, four albums debuted in the top 40 of The Billboard 200, with Chris Brown's self-titled set starting at No. 2 with 154,000. Also starting that week were Shakira's "Oral Fixation Vol. 2" (No. 5; 128,000), INXS' "Switch" (No. 17; 75,000) and Dave Matthews Band's "Weekend On The Rocks" (No. 37; 42,000) ... This week, the chart sees debuts from the aforementioned Incubus and Clipse in the top 20, but after that we must scroll to No. 40 to find the next debut -- Ying Yang Twins' "Chemically Imbalanced." Either the set flew under the radar, or, it simply underperformed. (Or, it could be a slice of both.) It starts with 36,000 units -- down 82% from the 201,000 that greeted its last studio effort, "U.S.A.: United State of Atlanta," at No. 2 in 2005. The new album's current single, "Dangerous," (featuring Wyclef Jean), held on to a lowly No. 92 last week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last week.

• Sarah McLachlan ascends 22-7 on The Billboard 200 with her holiday effort "Wintersong" (up 38%), while the "Now That's What I Call Christmas! 3" set moves 24-10 (up 31%). It's the first time we've had two Christmas albums in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 since the chart dated Dec. 29, 2001. That's when Mannheim Steamroller's "Christmas Extraordinaire" was at No. 5 and the first "Now That's What I Call Christmas" placed at No. 6 ... It's likely that McLachlan's performances on both "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Live With Regis & Kelly" helped spur sales. (Even though on "Oprah," she did not sing a song from her Christmas album. She was there to promote a tune she sings in "Charlotte's Web.") ... All told, there are 20 Christmas albums on The Billboard 200 this week -- 10% of the chart. Last year at this time, there were 13 holiday titles ... Here is the full tally of Christmas efforts on the chart this week (aside from McLachlan and "Now Christmas 3") -- James Taylor's "James Taylor at Christmas" (No. 18, up 50%), Bette Midler's "Cool Yule" (No. 33, up 114%), Celtic Woman's "A Christmas Celebration" (No. 35, up 88%), Brad Paisley's "Brad Paisley Christmas" (No. 47, up 33%), Wynonna's "A Classic Christmas" (No. 53, up 230%), Elvis Presley's "Elvis Christmas" (No. 69, up 56%), Third Day's "Christmas Offerings" (No. 78, down 2%), Kenny G's "Holiday Collection" (No. 85, up 16%), Aly & AJ's "Acoustic Hearts of Winter" (No. 86, down 16%), Luis Miguel's "Navidades Luis Miguel" (No. 94, down 27%), Chris Botti's "December" (No. 124, up 30%), Mary Mary's "A Mary Mary Christmas" (No. 148, up 48%), Twisted Sister's "A Twisted Christmas" (No. 149, up 48%), Sufjan Stevens' "Songs For Christmas" (No. 154, down 36%), Gladys Knight's "A Christmas Celebration" (No. 171, up 44%), the "Time Life: Treasury of Christmas" compilation at No. 191 (up 57%), the "Blue Collar Christmas: Redneck Style" compilation (No. 196, up 4%) and the soundtrack to "The Nativity Story" (No. 199, up 100%).



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New INCUBUS Light Grenades (Immortal / Epic / Sony Music) 11 6 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
2 7 SOUNDTRACK Hannah Montana (Walt Disney ) 12 5 SNOOP DOGG Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (Doggystyle / Geffen / Interscope)
3 2 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 13 19 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
4 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 23 (Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony Music) *14 New CLIPSE Hell Hath No Fury ( )
5 4 THE BEATLES Love (Apple / Capitol) 15 16 TONY BENNETT Duets: An American Classic (RPM / Columbia / Sony Music)
6 1 JAY-Z Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) 16 17 IL DIVO Siempre (SYCO / Columbia / Sony Music)
*7 22 SARAH MCLACHLAN Wintersong (Arista / RMG) 17 23 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
8 8 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Up Front / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG) *18 38 JAMES TAYLOR James Taylor At Christmas (Columbia / Sony Music)
9 14 JOSH GROBAN Awake (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.) 19 26 SOUNDTRACK The Cheetah Girls 2 (Walt Disney )
*10 24 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Christmas! 3 (EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / Sony Music) 20 10 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 14.75 million units
• DOWN 13.3% from last issue's charts: 17.02 million units
• DOWN 5.1% from same week, 2005: 15.54 million units
• This week: The top 10 albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: the "Now 20" album returned to No. 1 with 158,000. Chris Brown was the Hot Shot Debut at No. 2 with his self-titled set (154,000) while Shakira was the only other bow in the top 10 (No. 5 with "Oral Fixation Vol. 2"). The top 10 albums each sold more than 100,000 units.


BORDERLINES

• The No. 50 album this week, Ludacris' "Release Therapy" (DTP/Def Jam/IDJMG), sold 28,000.
• The No. 50 album for the same week of 2005, Dierks Bentley's "Modern Day Drifter" (Capitol Nashville), sold 30,000.
• Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1997-2006): 43,216.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• Rascal Flatts becomes just the third act in the 45 years of shared Hot Country Songs and AC/Adult Contemporary chart history (dating back to 1961) to top both charts simultaneously with different songs as "My Wish" rises 2-1 at Country and "What Hurts The Most" holds for a fourth week atop AC ... This rare double was previously achieved by the Dixie Chicks in the chart week of March 14, 2003 with "Travelin' Soldier" at Country and "Landslide" at AC, and by Faith Hill in 2000 when "The Way You Love Me" topped Country while "Breathe" ruled AC ... Speaking of the AC chart, the late Rat Pack legend Dean Martin ends a 33-year absence from the AC chart as "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Martina McBride) debuts at No. 25. Martin's last AC appearance was in August 1973, when "Get On With Your Livin'" spent two weeks at No. 50. Another AC icon, Bette Midler, returns at No. 23 with "From a Distance (Christmas Version)," a holiday re-working of her 1990 AC No. 1. Midler's last AC stop was also seasonal as she peaked at No. 15 with "White Christmas" in 2003.

• Fall Out Boy returns to the CHR/Top 40 chart as "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" debuts at No. 36. It's the first single from the band's new album, due out early next year. The tune also rises 27-19 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart, where it's their fourth charting single overall ... Also on the CHR/Top 40 chart, Gia Farrell's "Hit Me Up" -- from the "Happy Feet" soundtrack -- debuts at No. 40. It's her first ink on any Billboard chart ... Other titles that are on the verge of charting on the CHR/Top 40 chart include Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around," Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On," and Daughtry's "It's Not Over."

• Speaking of Daughtry, the band's frontman -- Chris Daughtry -- becomes the first "American Idol" finalist to hit any of the rock radio charts as his group opens at No. 40 on Active Rock with "It's Not Over." The song also enters the Hot AC chart at No. 36 ... Over on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, Akon replaces himself at No. 1, as "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) boots "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg) out of the top slot. Though "My Love" by Justin Timberlake (featuring T.I.) and "Shortie Like Mine" by Bow Wow are at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, it looks like Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" at No. 5 is the one Akon needs to watch out for. The "Dreamgirls'" diva's single was up nearly 700 detections last week on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, giving her a total of 4,422 spins. That's not too far off from "Smack's" 5,313.





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 JAY-Z Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)
*2 New CLIPSE Hell Hath No Fury ( )
3 2 SNOOP DOGG Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (Doggystyle / Geffen / Interscope)
4 6 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Up Front / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
5 4 BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia / Sony Music)
6 5 THE GAME Doctor's Advocate (Geffen / Interscope)
7 3 2PAC Pac's Life (Amaru / Interscope)
*8 New YING YANG TWINS Chemically Imbalanced (ColliPark / TVT)
9 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 23 (Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony Music)
10 10 JOHN LEGEND Once Again (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Sony Music)
* 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 4 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
3 1 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
4 3 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
5 5 GEORGE STRAIT It Just Comes Natural (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
6 6 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
7 8 BRAD PAISLEY Time Well Wasted (Arista Nashville / SBN)
*8 13 BRAD PAISLEY Brad Paisley Christmas (Arista Nashville / SBN)
9 10 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
*10 36 WYNONNA A Classic Christmas (Curb )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Hot Singles Sales

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 2 JEFF FOXWORTHY/BILL ENGVALL Redneck 12 Days Of Christmas/Here's Your Sign Christmas (Warner Bros. (Nashville) / WRN)
2 3 KATHARINE MCPHEE Somewhere Over The Rainbow/My Destiny (RCA / RMG)
*3 10 EAGLES Hole In The World (ERC / 33rd Street)
4 5 TAYLOR HICKS Do I Make You Proud/Takin' It To The Streets (Arista / RMG)
5 1 THE SHINS Phantom Limb (Sub Pop )
6 4 MADONNA Jump (Warner Bros. )
7 6 JANET & NELLY Call On Me (Virgin )
8 9 BEYONCE Ring The Alarm (Columbia )
*9 14 ENYA Oiche Chium (Silent Night) (Reprise )
10 11 M-TINA Submerge (Tri-Storm )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 5 REGINA SPEKTOR Begin To Hope (Sire / Warner Bros.)
2 3 VICENTE FERNANDEZ La Tragedia Del Vaquero (Sony BMG Norte )
3 1 ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA Rock Star Supernova (Burnett / Epic / Sony Music)
4 9 MAT KEARNEY Nothing Left To Lose (Aware / Columbia / Sony Music)
5 11 ANA GABRIEL La Reina Canta A Mexico (Sony BMG Norte )
6 4 JOANNA NEWSOM Ys (Drag City )
7 8 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*8 27 NEWSONG The Christmas Hope (Integrity / Columbia / Sony Music)
9 25 THE 101 STRINGS ORCHESTRA Thomas Kinkade: Treasury Of Christmas (Madacy Special Products / Madacy)
10 20 SHINY TOY GUNS We Are Pilots (Universal Motown / UMRG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 1 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA The Lost Christmas Eve (Lava / AG)
*2 7 VINCE GUARALDI TRIO A Charlie Brown Christmas (Soundtrack) (Fantasy / Concord)
*3 3 IL DIVO The Christmas Collection (SYCO / Columbia / Sony Music)
4 2 LARRY THE CABLE GUY A Very Larry Christmas (Jack / Warner Bros. (Nashville) / WRN)
*5 4 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Christmas Eve And Other Stories (Lava / AG)
6 9 FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN & SAMMY DAVIS JR Christmas With The Rat Pack (Capitol )
*7 12 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA The Christmas Attic (Lava / AG)
*8 20 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER Christmas Celebration (American Gramaphone )
9 5 THE CHEETAH GIRLS Cheetah-licious Christmas (Walt Disney )
10 11 ELVIS PRESLEY It's Christmas Time (RCA Special Products / Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the Eminem-presented compilation "The Re-Up," Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape," Ciara's "The Evolution" and the soundtrack to "Dreamgirls."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2005 when: Eminem's "Curtain Call: The Hits" debuted at No. 1 with 441,000. Lil' Wayne and Korn started at Nos. 2 and 3 respectively with 238,000 and 221,000. The top 12 albums each sold more than 100,000 units.

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