A subdued 'Epiphany' for Michele


It's a case of glass-half-full for Chrisette Michele and the record industry.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer bows atop the Billboard 200 with her sophomore disc, "Epiphany," but its first-week sales of 83,000 units are the fewest for a No. 1 -debuting album in the 18-year history of SoundScan. The previous low-water mark was Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways," which started with 88,000 in July 2006.

Two other albums arrive in the top 10: R&B songstress Ciara's third album, "Fantasy Ride," at No. 3 and Ben Harper and Relentless7's "White Lies for Dark Times" at No. 9. (partialdiff)