1-2 punch by R&B singers
EmptySix albums debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, with the top three moving more than 100,000 units. No album had reached that weekly plateau since Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" in February.
R&B artist Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" (Atlantic) bows at No. 1, scanning 149,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending March 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the retro-soul singer's second consecutive No. 1 after 2002's "Juslisen."
Fellow R&B crooner Lloyd soars in at No. 2 with his sophomore set, "Street Love" (The Inc.), which sold 144,000.
Rapper Rich Boy's self-titled Zone 4/Interscope debut opens at No. 3 with 112,000 units shifted.
Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut slips a notch to No. 4 on 80,000 sold, while Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) also slides one to No. 5 with 71,000.
"Live at Massey Hall 1971," which captures a vintage Neil Young acoustic performance, enters at No. 6 with 57,000. The Reprise set scores the second-highest album chart position of Young's career; "Mirror Ball," his 1995 collaboration with Pearl Jam, reached No. 5.
British R&B siren Amy Winehouse earns her first album chart ink with "Back to Black" (Universal), debuting at No. 7 with 51,000 copies sold, and 8Ball & MJG's "Ridin' High" (Bad Boy South) flies in at No. 8 with 50,000 units.
Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" (Island) dips one rung to No. 9 on 43,000 sold, and Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (RCA Nashville) re-enters the top tier with a two-notch jump to No. 10 with 42,000 units scanned.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.