"Long Road out of Eden," the Eagles' first full-length studio album since 1979's "The Long Run," debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with a whopping 711,000 -- the second-largest sales week of the year. "Eden" was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, its Web site, Sam's Club and the Eagles' official Web site ... Britney Spears' "Blackout" settles for the runner-up slot with a still-handsome 290,000 ... The Billboard 200's top 10 also welcomes bows from Avenged Sevenfold, Josh Turner, Backstreet Boys and Andrea Bocelli ... Revamped and reissued editions of Flyleaf and Jonas Brothers' respective albums yield big jumps ... And Christmas is very much in the air on the charts, now that Halloween has passed, as a number of holiday efforts post handsome gains.
Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returns to No. 1 in a slow week on The Billboard 200 while Jimmy Eat World starts at No. 5 with "Chase This Light" ... Santana bows in the top 10 with his new greatest hits package "Ultimate Santana" while Angie Stone nabs a No. 11 debut ... Toby Keith's second Christmas set takes a bow while Thrice's newest starts in the top 30 of The Billboard 200 ... In Progress Reports, we take note of a historic week for Linkin Park and the Alternative/Modern Rock chart, George Strait's 76th top 10 hit on Hot Country Songs and the fast-rising Colbie Caillat.
Though he began charting albums on The Billboard 200 in 1999 -- and started his recording career well before that -- Kid Rock finally notches his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week. His "Rock N' Roll Jesus" debuts atop the chart with 172,000 ... A pair of country singers -- LeAnn Rimes and Sara Evans -- also start in the top 10 of the big chart ... Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" arrives high on The Billboard 200, reminding us that it's never too early to release a Christmas album -- even if you haven't even carved your Halloween pumpkin yet ... Jennifer Lopez makes an under-the-radar debut with her new album "Brave" ... In Progress Reports: Kenny Chesney earns his third No. 1 on Hot Country Songs this year, Billy Ray Cyrus looks to his daughter Miley for support, and Feist becomes only the second solo woman to chart on the Alternative/Modern Rock airplay chart this year.
Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for helping double the sales of "FutureSex/LoveSounds" this week ... Corinne Bailey Rae made a series of TV show appearances, thus causing a significant bump for her self-titled set ... Bow Wow, RBD, Trick Daddy and Styles P all debut on The Billboard 200 ... With Christmas 2006 in the history books, holiday albums start to tumble ... And in other news: Daughtry, Nelly Furtado, Olivia Newton-John, Nickelback and Beyonce.