'Best Damn' sales of week
Lavigne bows at No. 1; NIN 2ndAvril Lavigne scores her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of her third album, "The Best Damn Thing." The RCA set moved 286,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan for the week ending April 22, far short of the 381,000 that greeted her first chart-topper, 2004's "Under My Skin."
Nine Inch Nails' sixth studio release, "Year Zero" (Nothing), enters at No. 2, selling 187,000 copies. The band's 2005 album "With Teeth" opened with 272,000.
The "Now 24" hits compilation slips to No. 3 after two weeks at No. 1, moving 68,000 units.
Country acts have four of the top 10 albums this week. "American Idol" Season 5 finalist Bucky Covington's self-titled Lyric Street debut opens at No. 4 with 61,000 units. It bows atop Billboard country chart, marking the biggest start by a new male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All" debuted with 90,000 in 1992.
Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" (RCA) ascends three spots to No. 5 with 55,000. Her sales were helped in part by the country singer's appearance last week on "Idol." Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) slips from No. 3 to No. 6 on 52,000 scanned, while Daughtry's self-titled RCA effort falls a notch to No. 7, also with 52,000.
Tim McGraw's Curb set "Let It Go" drops six rungs to No. 8, with 51,000 sold, while Carrie Underwood returns to the top tier as "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville) moves from No. 14 to No. 9 with 45,000. Timbaland's Mosley Music Group/Interscope set "Timbaland Presents Shock Value" loses five spot to No. 10 with 40,000.
Album sales are up 1.3% from last week's total at 8.16 million units and down 10.7% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.