This week, Billboard's Top 200 album's chart is ruled by "Idol" winner/country singer Scotty McCreery ... who debuts atop the chart, making him the first country act and young man to top it with their debut.
Aside from the country album, new releases in the hip-hop/R&B world include albums from Styles P and DJ Shadow, as well as the usual suspects.
Last week's #1 album, J. Cole's Cole World: the Sideline Story, fell to #5 this week with 54,000 (down 75%); Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV climbs one to #6 with 53,000, bring his domestic total to over 1.5 million sold; and Blink-182's Neighborhoods, which debuted at #2 last week, descends to #10 with 31,000 this week (down a whopping 80%).
Jay-Z and Kanye's Watch The Throne comes in at #13, falling two spots with 23,000 sold, as they inch closer to 1 million sold; and Beyonce's 4 closes out the top 20 at #19 with 15,000 sold.
Debuting at #32 is Styles P's fourth solo LP, Master of Ceremonies, debuting at #32, selling 11,000 copies. The longtime D-Block member releases the project through E1 Entertainment effort, offering contributions from veterans such as Warren G, Pete Rock and Pharoahe Monch.
Much later, at #126, DJ Shadow's The Less You Know The Better debuts with 3,400 in its first week. It features De La Soul's Posdnuos, as well as Talib Kweli. This is Shadow's first album in over five years.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 9) totaled 5.13 million units, down 8% compared to the sum last week (5.57 million) and up 5% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (4.89 million).