Rock legends Kiss crash in at No. 2 with new Wal-Mart-exclusive studio album "Sonic Boom," selling 108,000 copies. It is the band's highest-charting album ever, and the 108,000 opener is its second-best sales week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
Kiss' previous chart high came with 1998's "Psycho-Circus," which debuted and peaked at No. 3 when it bowed with 110,000. "Psycho's" opening frame is also the group's best SoundScan sales week.
Country kingpin Toby Keith notches his tenth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as his "American Ride" drives in at No. 3 with 90,000. The set's arrival at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart also gives Keith his 8th topper on that list.
Backstreet Boys net their seventh consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with "This Is Us," starting at No. 9 with 42,000. The quartet's last effort, 2007's "Unbreakable," entered and peaked at No. 7 with 81,000.
Last week's No. 1, Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," falls to No. 4 with 75,000 (down 58%) while Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" moves up one notch, to No. 5, with 65,000 (down 27%). Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" slips four spots to No. 7 with 54,000 (down 68%) while Miley Cyrus' "The Time of Our Lives" climbs three spots to No. 8 with 47,000 (down 14%). Rounding out the top 10 is Breaking Benjamin's "Dear Agony," which moves down six places in its second week (41,000; down 69%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 11) totaled 6.27 million units, down 9% compared to the sum last week (6.87 million) and down 2% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.41 million). Year to date album sales stand at 269.7 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (311.7 million).