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, Doo-Wops & Hooligans , 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 Hemingway’s Whiskey , 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 Flockaveli 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.