Clearly, Rihanna's lucky number is seven.
After six tries, the "Diamonds" singer will finally land her first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week when her seventh CD, [article id="1697603"]Unapologetic,[/article] takes the top spot thanks to sales of 238,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It will not only mark her highest chart debut, but also her best first-week sales to date.
The landmark came in a week when all but one of the albums in the top 10 sold in excess of 100,000 copies. Rihanna easily kept former #1 slot holder Taylor Swift in the #2 spot for a second week on sales of 185,000 as Red crossed the 2 million sales mark.
Last week's #1, One Direction's [article id="1697304"]Take Me Home[/article] was off 67 percent, falling to #3 (176,000), while "American Idol" champ Phillip Phillips' major-label debut, The World From the Side of the Moon, landed at #4 (169,000).
Among the other debuts in the top 10 was the latest from Kid Rock, Rebel Soul, which hit at #5 (146,000), a #9 bow for the Led Zeppelin live reunion disc Celebration Day (#9, 101,000) and Keyshia Cole's Woman to Woman (#10, 96,000).
The rest of the top 10: Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas Baby (#6, 117,000), Pink, The Truth About Love (#7, 114,000) and Jason Aldean, Night Train (#8, 103,000).
Just outside the top bracket, original "Idol" Kelly Clarkson landed at #11 with Greatest Hits -- Chapter 1 (74,000), landing just ahead of the another "Idol" legend, Carrie Underwood, whose Blown Away blew up 13 spots to #12 as sales were up 349 percent to 74,000 and the album crossed the one million mark.
Rapper Pitbull debuted at #14 with Global Warming (64,000), while "The Voice" mentor Christina Aguilera plummeted 10 spots in week two to #17 with [article id="1697829"]Lotus,[/article] which was off 28 percent on sales of 53,000.
Nicki Minaj's bonus edition of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded -- The Re-Up, shot up 80 spots to #27 as sales picked up by 591 percent to 36,000. The week also brought a long-awaited career best for Adele, whose two-year-old 21 passed the [article id="1698032"]10 million mark,[/article] moving 26,000 copies for a to-date total of 10,020,000 in the U.S. since its January 2011 release.
With the holidays fast approaching, a number of Christmas albums started a run up the charts into the top 30, including titles from Michael Bublé (#16), Blake Shelton (#18), Lady Antebellum (#19), Scotty McCreery (#21) and Justin Bieber.
One of the week's biggest drops belonged to reunited grunge icons Soundgarden, whose comeback album, King Animal, swooned 47 spots in its second week to #52 as sales were off 76 percent to 20,000.
Next week's big debut will come from Alicia Keys with Girl on Fire.