Kelly seduces buyers again
EmptyR. Kelly finds himself in a familiar spot atop the Billboard 200 with "Double Up," his sixth No. 1 album. The Jive set moved 386,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending June 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Each of Kelly's 10 studio albums have reached either No. 1 or No. 2 on the big chart.
After debuting at No. 1 last week, Maroon 5's A&M/ Octone effort "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" slips to No. 2 with 172,000. Another former chart-topper, Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.), falls a rung to No. 3 with 126,000.
Country singer Jason Aldean's sophomore set, "Relentless" (Broken Bow), earns him his best charting and sales week yet, entering at No. 4 with 98,000. His 2005 self-titled debut peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.
Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut climbs a notch to No. 5 in its 28th chart week with 69,000 sold.
Three albums sold about 50,000 copies this week, with only a difference of a few dozen separating them. Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" rockets five spots to No. 6, with help from a new $7.99 sales sticker at Best Buy; "Cold Summer," by hip-hop trio U.S.D.A., Young Jeezy's collaboration with Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, descends three to No. 7; and Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) climbs one slot to No. 8.
Michael Buble's former No. 1 "Call Me Irresponsible" (143/ Reprise) dips two to No. 9 with 48,000, while Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain" (Epic) slides seven spots to No. 10 on 47,000.
Album sales are down less than 1% from last week's total at 8.31 million units and down 10.6% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.