Buyers taste the T-Pain
Rihanna, McCartney close behindT-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of the Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases.
With sales fueled by the recent No. 1 single "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," the Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive set moved 171,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending June 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. T-Pain's 2005 debut, "Rapper Ternt Sanga," only reached No. 40, selling 47,000 copies in its first week.
Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" bows at No. 2 with 162,000. The SRP/Def Jam effort is the singer's third release in two years, with each album achieving a better start than its predecessor. Last year's "A Girl Like Me" started at No. 5 with 115,000, and 2005's "Music of the Sun" bowed at No. 10 with 68,000. The new album's lead single, "Umbrella," currently crowns the Hot 100.
Paul McCartney earns his highest debut for a studio album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 with "Memory Almost Full," which sold 161,000. "Memory" marks the former Beatle's first effort through Starbucks' Hear Music label after a 45-year association with EMI.
After debuting at the summit last week, R. Kelly's "Double Up" (Jive) slips to No. 4 with 121,000. Maroon 5's A&M/Octone effort "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," also a former No. 1, falls three rungs to No. 5 with 112,000.
Country duo Big & Rich scores a No. 6 start with "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" (Warner Bros.), which moved 103,000.
Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.), descends four spots to No. 7 with 96,000.
Elsewhere, Marilyn Manson returns to the Billboard 200 with "Eat Me, Drink Me" (Interscope) at No. 8 on sales of 88,000. The band's previous set, 2003's "The Golden Age of Grotesque," debuted at No. 1 with 118,000.
Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee earns his first top 10 album as "El Cartel: The Big Boss" slides in at No. 9 with 82,000. His previous Billboard 200 best came with 2005's "Barrio Fino: En Directo," which peaked at No. 24.
Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" falls four slots to No. 10 despite a 33% sales bump to 67,000.
Other big debuts this week include the Police's self-titled A&M hits collection (No. 11, 58,000 units sold), Chris Cornell's second solo set "Carry On" (Interscope, No. 17, 37,000), Dream Theater's "Systematic Chaos" (Roadrunner, No. 19, 36,000), Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band's "Live in Dublin" (Columbia, No. 23, 31,000), Carl Thomas' "So Much Better" (Bungalow, No. 25, 28,000) and the "Vans Warped Tour: 2007 Tour" compilation (Side One Dummy, No. 31, 22,000).
Album sales are up 5.3% from last week's total at 8.75 million units and down 8.3% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.