Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey sold 183,000 copies last week, giving the star his sixth number 1 album and marking the second straight week that a country act has topped the Billboard 200 (all sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan).
Like last week's first-place finisher, Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give (which dropped to number 3 after selling 70,000 in its second week on shelves), Hemingway's Whiskey sales topped the mark set by its maker's previous album. Chesney's 2008 album Lucky Old Sun sold 176,000 copies in its first week.
The number 2 spot this week belonged Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being, which sold 110,000 copies in a digital-only release. The bright news comes in a bad week for the rapper, who is serving time in Riker's Island for weapons possession. On Monday, reports emerged that Wayne would spend the remaining month of his sentence in solitary confinement stemming from a violation in which an iPod charger and headphones were found in his cell (the mp3 player itself was found in an adjacent cell).
The only other high-selling debuts were Gucci Mane's The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted, at number 4 (60,000 copies sold) and Clapton by Eric Clapton (number 6, 46,000 copies).
Rounding out the top ten: Eminem's Recovery (number 5, 59,000); Trey Songz's Passion, Pain & Pleasure (number 7, 42,000); Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns (number 8, 42,000); Maroon 5's Hands All Over (number 9, 41,000) and Selena Gomez and the scene's A Year Without Rain (number 10, 38,000).
Shut out for the first time since April was Justin Bieber's My World 2.0, following 27 straight weeks in the top ten. But as we celebrate young Bieber's run, we can't help but feel a twinge of concern for the moppet. Though he has shown remarkable poise and savvy, we worry that Bieber may now feel adrift in the chilly autumn of his album's popularity. We feel we must warn you, Justin: though you may desire to reach out for support from your industry peers, resist. They do not have the answers you seek. I have proof. Last week's tally of total album sales was 5.31 million. That's down 23% from the same week in 2009. Honestly, they were hoping you'd have the answer.