Country set debuts with 311K.

Kenny Chesney earns his third chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair" (BNA) debuts with U.S. sales of 311,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It knocks the Game's "The Documentary" to No. 2, on a 55% slide from last week to 265,000.

Chesney grabbed his first No. 1 in 2002 with "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which opened with 235,000 units and has sold 3.6 million to date. Last year's "When the Sun Goes Down" bowed in the top slot with 551,000; it holds this week at No. 44 on sales of 23,000 units, a 28% gain from last week. The set has scanned 3.1 million in total.

LeAnn Rimes' "This Woman" (Curb) debuts at No. 3 with 101,000 units. Her last set of new material, "Twisted Angel," started at No. 12 with 66,000 in 2002 and has sold 422,000 to date. The singer has had two No. 1 bows, both in 1997: "Unchained Melody/The Early Years" and "You Light Up My Life -- Inspirational Songs."

The top 10 finally gets a lift this week following the post-holiday sales slump. Sales of Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) are up 11% to 95,000 units, but the set drops 2-4 on the chart. Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) gets a 4% boost to 78,000 but drops 3-5.

John Legend's "Get Lifted" (Sony Urban Music/Columbia) falls 5-6, but is 2% stronger with 64,000 copies. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Crunk Juice" (TVT) drops 4-7 on a 1% slide to 63,000.

Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) falls 6-8 but rises 1% to 62,000 units, while Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) drops 7-9 on a 9% rise to 57,000.

Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes nabs its highest debuts yet with the simultaneously released sets "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" (Saddle Creek), which enters at No. 10 with 56,000 units, and "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," at No. 15 with 46,000. The act has previously spent only one week on the big chart, at No. 161 with 2002's “Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground.” That set has sold 200,000 units to date.

A slew of debuts help revive The Billboard 200 this week. Geto Boys' "The Foundation" (Rap-A-Lot/Virgin) opens at No. 19 with 42,000 units. "WOW Gospel 2005" (Word/Curb/EMICMG/Verity/Zomba) comes in at No. 29 with 34,000. "The World of Nat King Cole" (Capitol) bows at No. 41 with 24,000, becoming the legendary crooner’s highest bow since 1965’s “Unforgettable,” which entered at No. 30.

Other notable debuts include Ani DiFranco's "Knuckle Down" (Righteous Babe, No. 49); the "One Tree Hill" soundtrack (Maverick, No. 51); Chicago's "Love Songs" (Rhino, No. 57), the Chemical Brothers' "Push the Button" (Astralwerks, No. 59) and Anne Murray's "All of Me" (Straight Way, No. 66).

Overall U.S. album sales are up 9% over last week at 10.4 million units, just 0.2% down from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are behind those of 2004 by 12.4%, at 40.3 million units.