Bruno Mars may have already established himself as a force on the singles chart, but it would appear that when it comes to the Billboard Top 200 albums, he's still got a way to go.
Mars' cinematic debut disc, [article id="1649280"]Doo-Wops & Hooligans[/article], bows at #3 on next week's albums chart, selling nearly 55,000 copies. And while that number is certainly nothing to sneeze at, it couldn't match the one-two punch of country heartthrobs Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney, whose albums both outpace Doo-Wops by a wide margin.
Keith's Bullets in the Gun sold nearly 71,000 copies to claim the top spot, giving him his fourth Billboard Top 200 #1, and his first since 2007's rather excellently titled Big Dog Daddy. Chesney, who fended off challenges from Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane to top the charts last week with his [article id="1649439"]Hemingway's Whiskey[/article], falls to #2, with sales of more than 65,000 copies.
Eminem's omnipresent Recovery album holds tough, coming in at #4 with sales of more than 52,000, enough to put him ahead of Waka Flocka Flame, whose [article id="1649400"]Flockaveli[/article] sold 37,000 copies to open at #6.
The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns, (#7, nearly 37,000 copies sold), Katy Perry's Teenage Dream (#8, 32,000), Trey Songz's Passion, Pain & Pleasure (#9, more than 31,000 sold), and Selena Gomez and the Scene, whose A Year Without Rain sold nearly 27,000 copies.
Outside the top 10, there are debuts by former "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta, who sold more than 24,000 copies of his The Other Side of Down album to open at #13; Faith Evans, whose Something About Faith moved more than 23,000 units to bow at #15; and Bring Me the Horizon, whose epically named There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret sold more than 20,000 to land at #17.