McEntire's time has come, with help from her friends
Country vet has first No. 1 albumReba McEntire scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, more than 30 years after her first single hit the country chart.
"Reba Duets" (MCA Nashville) moved 301,000 copies for the week ending Sept. 23, the multimedia star's best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
McEntire's set includes collaborations with such artists as Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson. Her sitcom "Reba" begins its seventh season next year on the CW, where it moved after six season on WB Network.
After debuting at No. 1 last week, Kanye West's Def Jam album "Graduation" falls to No. 2 with 226,000, enough to again beat 50 Cent's "Curtis," which slips a rung to No. 3. The disc sold 143,000 units, a 79% slide.
Six of the top 10 slots on the chart are occupied by new releases. Barry Manilow earns his third straight top five album as "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies" (Arista) debuts at No. 4 with 113,000. It's the singer's third "greatest songs of a decade" set, with "Fifties" bowing at No. 1 and "Sixties" entering at No. 2. The new effort's tally includes 41,000 copies sold during a promotion on shopping channel QVC.
Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" (BNA/Sony BMG Nashville) descends two places to No. 5 in its second week with 112,000, while Disney's "High School Musical 2" also dips two to No. 6 with 99,000.
A pair of sophomore albums from British singer-songwriters also bow in the top tier. James Blunt's "All the Lost Souls" opens at No. 7, moving 92,000. The Custard/Atlantic set follows his 2005 U.S. debut, "Back to Bedlam," which featured the smash hit "You're Beautiful." KT Tunstall's Virgin set, "Drastic Fantastic," debuts at No. 9 with 50,000. Her debut, 2006's "Eye to the Telescope," topped out at No. 33.
Chamillionaire's "Ultimate Victory" (Chamillitary/Universal Motown) debuts at No. 8 with 79,000 units, marking a chart best for the Houston rapper. His debut, 2005's "The Sound of Revenge," entered at No. 10 with 130,000.
Twista's fifth album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007" (Atlantic) enters at No. 10 with 41,000. That's a significant decline from 2005's "The Day After," which bowed at No. 2 with 129,000.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder's soundtrack to the Sean Penn-directed "Into the Wild" (Monkey Wrench/J) bows at No. 11 with 39,000, while H.I.M.'s "Venus Doom" (Sire/London/Rhino) begins at No. 12, a chart best for the Finnish metal group.
Other big debuts this week include rock troupe Motion City Soundtrack's "Even If It Kills Me" (No. 16, Epitaph, 33,000), Diana Krall's "The Very Best of Diana Krall" (No. 19, Verve, 30,000), Dropkick Murphys' "The Meanest of Times" (No. 20, Born & Bred, 28,000), Gloria Estefan's "90 Millas" ( No. 25, Burgundy, 23,000) and Mark Knopfler's "Kill to Get Crimson" (No. 26, Warner Bros., 23,000).
At 8.29 million, sales are down 9.5% compared with last week's total and down 13.8% from the same frame last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.