Keith's 'Big Dog' has its day
EmptyNEW YORK -- Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and his fifth chart-topper on Top Country Albums this week with "Big Dog Daddy." The Show Dog Nashville set moved 204,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keith's 2006 album, "White Trash With Money," sold more at 330,000 but debuted at No. 2.
Fabolous hops onto the Billboard 200 with his first album in three years, "From Nothin' to Somthin' " (Desert Storm/Def Jam), which sold 159,000 units. The rapper's last effort, "Real Talk," bowed at No. 6 with 179,000 in 2004; his previous charting best was 2003's "Street Dreams" which peaked at No. 3.
Despite a 34% slide in sales, Paul McCartney's first Hear Music set "Memory Almost Full" sits tight at No. 3 with 107,000 copies. Maroon5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (A&M/Octone) climbs a slot from fifth to fourth with 87,000, a 22% sales decline.
After bowing at No. 1 last week, T-Pain's "Epiphany" (Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive) slips to No. 5 on a 52% sales hit, selling 82,000. Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) ascends from No. 7 to No. 6, also with 82,000 (a drop of 15%), while Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" (SRP/Def Jam) falls from second to seventh with 81,000 (a 50% decline).
DJ Khaled earns his first Billboard 200 top 10 spot with "We the Best" at No. 8. The Terror Squad set sold 79,000 copies, fueled by the popularity of the single "Takin' Over" (featuring T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Lil' Wayne & Baby) which recently peaked at No. 28 and No. 11 on the Hot 100 and Hot Rap Tracks tallies, respectively. His 2006 release "Listennn: The Album," started at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000.
Traveling Wilburys' self-titled Rhino anthology arrives at No. 9 with 78,000. The package includes the supergroup's two original studio albums along with bonus tracks and a DVD. As previously reported, the collection debuted Sunday at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart.
British soul singer Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal Republic) keeps the No. 10 spot warm for a second week, selling 74,000 with an 11% sales increase.
Queens of the Stone Age's "Era Vulgaris" (Interscope) debuts at No. 14 with 52,000. The California rock band's last effort, "Lullabies to Paralyze," debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2005. The Warner Bros. charity compilation "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur" enters right behind at No. 15 with 49,000, featuring John Lennon covers by such acts as Green Day, R.E.M. and Avril Lavigne.
Other big debuts this week include Eddie Levert Sr. & Gerald Levert's "Something to Talk About" (Atlantic) at No. 19 with 42,000, Paramore's "Riot!" (Fueled By Ramen) at No. 20 with 42,000 and a DMX hits collection, "The Definition of X: Pick of The Litter," (Def Jam) at No. 26 with 35,000.
Album sales are up 9.5% from last week's total at 9.58 million units and down 7.9% compared with the same week last year.