Swingin' all the way to top: Buble fends off Bone Thugs
Streisand charts with 7th live discMichael Buble scores his first chart topper as his 143/Reprise set "Call Me Irresponsible" moves up a notch to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its second week. The album sold 145,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending May 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Strength & Loyalty" (Full Surface/Interscope) sold 119,000 to debut at No. 2. The set is the group's first top 10 album since "BTNHResurrection" debuted at No. 2 in 2000. Last year's "Thug Stories" peaked at No. 25.
R&B singer Bobby Valentino's sophomore set, "Special Occasion," bows at No. 3, the same place his self-titled debut entered in 2005. The DTP/Island Def Jam set sold 92,000, almost half what his first album sold in Week 1.
Last week's chart-topper, Ne-Yo's Def Jam album "Because of You," slips to No. 4 with 89,000. Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) dips a spot to No 5 after 71,000 scanned, while Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut climbs a notch to No. 6 with 67,000.
Barbra Streisand earns her 29th top 10 album with "Streisand: Live in Concert 2006" (Columbia), which bows at No. 7. Her seventh live album to hit the Billboard 200 moved 60,000. In its 78th week on the chart, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville) ascends two places to No. 8 with 57,000.
Although she has started with bigger sales weeks, Bjork scores her highest debut this week with "Volta." The Elektra/Atlantic effort lands at No. 9 with 43,000. The Icelandic singer's previous chart best was No. 14 with her last set, 2004's "Medulla," and her sales high-water mark came with 2001's "Vespertine," which bowed with 75,000.
The "Now 24" hits compilation rounds out the top tier, slipping a rung to No. 10 with 41,000.
Album sales are up less than 1% from last week's total at 8.43 million units and down 23% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.