Ne-Yo goes 2-for-2 at No. 1
EmptyIn a busy week for new releases, Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Because of You." The Def Jam set moved 251,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jazz singer Michael Buble earns his highest-charting and best sales week yet with "Call Me Irresponsible" (143/Reprise), which opens at No. 2 with 212,000.
Enduring Canadian rock trio Rush's first studio effort in five years, "Snakes & Arrows," bows at No. 3. The Anthem/Atlantic set moved 93,000 units and is the group's 27th album to hit the Billboard 200. Its highest-charting set remains 1993's "Counterparts," which debuted at No. 2.
Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) slips to No. 4 after two weeks on top, moving 86,000 copies. Tori Amos' "American Doll Posse" (Epic) debuts at No. 5 with 54,000, her sixth top 10.
Young country star Miranda Lambert's sophomore set "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Columbia) starts at No. 6, moving 53,000.
Daughtry's self-titled RCA album slips two spots to No. 7 in its 24th chart week with 50,000 units scanned, while country singer Blake Shelton's fourth set, "Pure BS" (Warner Bros.), debuts at No. 8 with 48,000.
The "Now 24" hits compilation slides five notches to No. 9 with 46,000, and Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville) loses two positions to No. 10 in its 77th week.
Album sales are up 9.6% from last week's total at 8.43 million units and down 16.2% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.