B.o.B - Strange Clouds

B.o.B - Strange Clouds“American Idol” alumni Carrie Underwood earned her third chart-topper this week with her latest album, Blown Away, beating out new releases from Norah Jones, B.o.B., and even Marilyn Mansion.

Trailing Underwood on the Billboard 200 this week is Norah Jones’ … Little Broken Hearts, debuting at #2 with 110,000 sold in its first week. It’s the singer’s fifth studio set overall, and fifth to reach the top three. Her latest set, 2009’s The Fall, opened at #3.

Broken Hearts is Jones’ smallest sales week for any of her studio offerings since her first, Come Away With Me, opened with 10,000 in 2002.

A few slots down, at #5, is B.o.B’s sophomore album, Strange Clouds. It begins with 76,000 copies sold, led by the set’s title track, which hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the new single “So Good” (#11).

The set mixes pop and hip-hop, boasting guest appearances from Taylor Swift and Chris Brown, as well as T.I. and Playboy Tre. It follows his 2010 debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which debuted at #1 with 84,000.

Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee falls from #3 to #6 this week, selling another 64,000 copies; Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, lands at #17 with 21,000 sold, bringing her total to 436,000; and the Beastie Boys re-enter the fold at #18 with their iconic 1986 debut, License To Ill, selling 19,000 last week — following a sales surge in past releases following the untimely passing of member MCA.

Santigold returned with her new album, Master Of My Make Believe, opening at #21 with 18,000 sold in its first week. The electronic/hip-hop release features production from the likes of Q-Tip, Diplo and Switch, and others. Her 2008, self-titled debut garnered critical acclaim, but debuted in the top 100. Rolling Stone placed her debut at #6 on their “50 Best Albums of 2008” list.

Electronic/Hip Hop vocalist Santigold followed up her 2008 acclaimed self-title debut. The Atlantic Records sensation scored her best performing chart position to date, following ’08’s Top 100 debut with a Top 20 showing in Master Of My Make Believe. The new effort features production with Q-Tip, following three years of feature work, including with Jay-Z, Beastie Boys and Lonely Island.

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 May 6) totaled 5.77 million units, up 7% compared to the sum last week (5.40 million) and down 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.23 million). Year to date album sales stand at 106.73 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (108.11 million).