Bon Jovi's road back to No. 1 ends with 'Highway'
Stripes are second with 'Icky' bowFor the first time since 1988, Bon Jovi tops the Billboard 200. "Lost Highway" sold 292,000 units in the U.S. for the week ending June 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock troupe's biggest one-week tally since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi's third No. 1 album, joining 1988's "New Jersey" and 1987's "Slippery When Wet." Sales were fueled in part by the group's new country fan base, wrangled in with the 2006 No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home" featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
Rock duo the White Stripes have their best charting and sales week as "Icky Thump" (Third Man/Warner Bros.) enters at No. 2 with 223,000 units. Jack and Meg White have enjoyed increasing success with each new album: 2005's "Get Behind Me Satan" started at No. 3 with 189,000, 2003's "Elephant" peaked at No. 6 and 2002's "White Blood Cells" topped out at No. 61.
Brad Paisley's fifth studio album, "5th Gear," bows at No. 3. The Arista Nashville effort begins with 197,000 units, the singer's best sales week.
After debuting at No. 1 last week, Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville set "Big Dog Daddy" slips to No. 4 with 73,000, a 64% sales hit. Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" (Hear Music) falls two spots to No. 5 with 64,000, and Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) sits tight at No. 6, moving 63,000.
Amy Winehouse's Universal Republic album "Back to Black" ascends three spots to No. 7 despite a 15% sales decrease to 62,000. Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (A&M/Octone) descends four spots to eighth with 62,000. Fabolous' "From Nothin' to Somthin' " (Desert Storm/Def Jam) slips to No. 9 after a No. 2 start last week with 59,000. (off 63%). T-Pain's Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive album "Epiphany" slides five slots to 10th with 56,000.
Powered by its hit single "Party Like a Rockstar," Shop Boyz' debut, "Rockstar Mentality" (OnDeck/Universal Republic), bows at No. 11 with 52,000. Other debuts include Lifehouse's fourth album, "Who We Are" (Geffen), at No. 14 with 49,000; rapper Huey's "Notebook Paper" (HiTz Committee/Jive, at No. 26 with 29,000); Chrisette Michele's "I Am" (Def Jam, at No. 29 with 26,000); and Mandy Moore's "Wild Hope" (Firm Music, at No. 30 with 25,000.)
Album sales are down 7.1% from last week's total at 8.9 million units and off 5.2% compared with the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15% at 221 million units.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.