In a week when few new albums were able to crack the Billboard albums chart, country and old soul will rule the top 5.
Alan Jackson will take the top spot with his 12th album, What I Do, which sold more than 177,000 copies, according to SoundScan. That’s a huge departure from the 423,000-plus copies his last album, Drive, sold on the strength of its 9-11 tribute single, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
Fellow Southern gent Tim McGraw will give up his two-week grip on the #1 position and take a step back with Live Like You Were Dying. The 153,000 copies it sold last week helped the album push past the 1-million mark in its third week.
Ray Charles’ posthumously released duets album, Genius Loves Company, will slip down to #3 with more than 134,000 copies sold, followed by the latest album from R&B chanteuse Anita Baker at #4. Baker’s first studio album in a decade sold more than 130,000 copies. A few rungs below Baker, fellow R&B singer Jill Scott will drop from #3 to #7 by selling more than 79,000 copies of Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol 2.
Pop and hip-hop will occupy the remaining slots of the top 10, as the unwavering Now That’s What I Call Music! 16 will maintain its #5 spot for the fourth straight week by selling another 127,000 copies; Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography will move up two spots to #6 (with more than 88,000 copies sold); LL Cool J’s Definition will drop four spots to #8 (76,000); R. Kelly’s Happy People/ U Saved Me will slip three places to #9 (71,000); and Young Buck’s Straight Outta Cashville will move from #7 to #10 (68,000).
Let It Enfold You, the debut LP from San Francisco emo quintet Senses Fail, will land at #34; while rapper Silkk The Shocker’s fifth album, and first in three years, Based on a True Story, will come in at #88. Other notable debuts include indie-rock duo the Black Keys’ Rubber Factory at #143; jam trio Medeski Martin and Wood’s End of the World Party at #162; and former Replacements singer Paul Westerberg’s Folker at #178.