Kid Rock rolls to No. 1 album chart debut


NEW YORK -- As expected, Kid Rock scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with "Rock N Roll Jesus." The Top Dog/Atlantic set sold 170,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rock has had several bigger weeks in terms of sales (2000's "The History of Rock" bowed in the runner-up slot with 457,000) but this is the best debut of his four prior top 10 albums.

Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" (Columbia), suffers a 60% drop-off to 130,000 and falls to No. 2. Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (Lyric Street) is down from No. 2 to No. 3 after a 43% slide to 96,000.

LeAnn Rimes' "Family" (Curb) is new at No. 4 after selling 74,000, her 12th charting effort on the Billboard 200. Matchbox twenty's "Exile on Mainstream" (Atlantic) falls from third to fifth in its second week after a 45% sales decline to 72,000. Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) rebounds from No. 7 to No. 6 despite a 23% sales fall to 71,000.

Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" (MCA) also inches up from No. 8 to No. 7 on a 15% drop to 68,000, while Sara Evans debuts at No. 8 with "Greatest Hits" (RCA) on sales of 66,000. Her last set, 2005's "Real Fine Place," debuted at No. 3 with 126,000.

Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack climbs from 10th to ninth despite a 14% drop to 66,000, while Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" (143/Reprise) debuts at No. 10 with sales of 64,000.

Three debuts arrive in the Nos. 12-14 spots, with Jennifer Lopez's "Brave" (Epic) new at No. 12 with sales of 53,000. All of her previous six studio albums, including this year's Spanish-language "Como Ama Una Mujer," debuted in the top 10 -- and four of those peaked in the top two slots.

Alter Bridge's Universal debut, "Blackbird," starts at No. 13 with 47,000, while Eric Clapton's "Complete Clapton" (Reprise) bows at No. 14 with 45,000. Additional top 40 debuts come from the Naked Brothers Band's self-titled Sony album (No. 23; 34,000), Puddle of Mudd's Geffen set "Famous" (No. 27; 31,000) and Band of Horses' sophomore Sub Pop album, "Cease to Begin" (No. 35; 21,000).

Album sales are down 6.3% from last week at 8.34 million units and 17.4% from the same week in 2006 (10.09 million units).