Carrie Underwood is on a roll. The former “American Idol” champ will land her third #1 debut in a row next week when Blown Away easily tops the Billboard 200 tally. Underwood sold 267,000 copies of her fourth effort, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, which was more than enough to hold off Norah Jones , whose Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts will come in at #2 on sales of 110,000.
There were plenty of other new faces in the top 10, including NOW 42 (#3, 95,000), “So Good” rapper B.o.B’s Strange Clouds (#5, 76,000), the cast album for the NBC show “Smash” (#9, 39,000) and veteran shock rocker Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain (#10, 38,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#4, 77,000), Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (#6, 64,000), Jack White, Blunderbuss (#7, 56,000) and One Direction, Up All Night (#8, 45,000).
Though the movie smashed just about every box office record there is, Avengers Assemble, the hard-rocking soundtrack to “The Avengers,” featuring Soundgarden, Shinedown, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Bush, Evanescence and Buckcherry, landed at #11 (27,000).
In the wake of Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch ’s death on Friday, the group’s landmark 1986 debut, Licensed to Ill, broke back onto the charts at #18 on sales of 19,000, as business picked up by more than 800 percent over the previous week.
It was one of several Beastie Boys albums that crashed back onto the charts, which also included Solid Gold Hits (#51, 8,000), Paul’s Boutique (#56, 8,000), Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (#107, 4,000), Ill Communication (#109, 4,000), Check Your Head (#124, 4,000) and Anthology: Sounds of Science (#141, 3,000).
Santigold debuted at #21 with Master of My Make-Believe (18,000), while the other British boy band, The Wanted, took a major tumble in week two for their debut EP, which plummeted 25 spots in week two to #32 as sales fell 65 percent to 12,000. Madonna also didn’t have much to brag about, as MDNA shed another 20 spots to dip to #65 as sales slipped another 30 percent to just under 7,000, leaving the album short of the 500,000 mark.
Underwood also ruled the iTunes album chart, where she edged out B.o.B, who was followed by Jones, White, One Direction, the Beasties’ Licensed to Ill, Adele, NOW 42, the “Smash” soundtrack and Manson. On the iTunes singles chart, Gotye continued a strong run with breakout hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which beat out Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” fun.’s “We Are Young” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” One Direction were at #6 with “What Makes You Beautiful,” followed by B.o.B’s “Both of Us,” Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” and the Wanted’s “Glad You Came.”
The top 10 should remain relatively stable next week, as the only new releases will come from Karmin, Silversun Pickups, Keane and Mary Mary.