Somewhere, probably on a beach, country sand bum Kenny Chesney is likely celebrating the #1 debut of his latest album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, which will top the Billboard 200 chart next week thanks to sales of 183,000. He easily beat out the week’s other top debut, the digital release of incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being album, which sold 110,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. The physical release of Weezy’s album, with bonus tracks, is due on October 12.
The pair lead a stampede of new faces on the charts this week, which also include Gucci Mane at #4 with Georgia’s Most Wanted (60,000) and guitar legend Eric Clapton at #6 with Clapton (47,000).
The rest of the top 10: Zac Brown Band, You Get What You Give (#3, 70,000), Eminem, Recovery (#5, 59,000), Trey Songz, Passion, Pain & Pleasure (#7, 42,000), Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns (#8, 42,000), Maroon 5, Hands All Over (#9, 41,000, down 71 percent in week two) and Selena Gomez & the Scene, A Year Without Rain (#10, 38,000).
Just outside the top, Jimmy Eat World land at #11 with Invented (38,000), Lil Boosie is just behind at #13 with the aptly titled Incarcerated (30,000), rock icon Neil Young comes in at #14 with Le Noise (30,000) and Nine Inch Nails maestro Trent Reznor skates into the #20 position with his score to the Facebook move, “The Social Network.”
Veteran rapper-turned-family-movie-actor Ice Cube has a soft landing at #22 with I Am the West (22,000), grunge giants Soundgarden are at #24 with their hits collection Telephantasm (19,000), Jeremih is hot on their heels at #17 with All About You (18,000) and smooth crooner Seal crashes in at #31 with Seal 6: Commitment (17,000).
It was also chart debut time for brainy punkers Bad Religion, whose The Dissent of Man comes in at #35 (16,000), just head of Ben Folds’ collabo with author Nick Hornby, Lonely Avenue (14,000) and Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest (#37, 14,000).
Also debuting this week: Mushroomhead, Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children (#44, 11,000), Gin Blossoms, No Chocolate Cake (#73, 7,000), Mark Ronson and the Business Intl., Record Collection (#81, 6,000) and No Age, Everything in Between (#103, 4,000).
The iTunes charts sees the first major shakeup in a while, with the top 10 albums getting a number of new faces, including Wayne’s Human Being at #1, followed by Chesney, Zac Brown, Lecrae with Rehab, Jimmy Eat World, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, Eminem, Clapton and Gucci.
Though iTunes does not divulge sales figures, the singles chart has a new #1 while otherwise remaining mostly unchanged. Far East Movement move into the top spot with “Like a G6,” followed by Bruno Mars (“Just the Way You Are”), Nelly (“Just a Dream”), Rihanna (“Only Girl (In the World)”), Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream”), Flo Rida (“Club Can’t Handle Me”), the “Glee”
Cast (“Toxic”), Usher (“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”) and Lil Wayne (“Gonorrhea”).
Look for more shuffling at the top next week with new releases from Toby Keith, Mars, Waka Flocka Flame and David Archuleta.