Sometimes, an album title is more than just an album title. Case in point: The sixth album from country trio Rascal Flatts, the aptly named Unstoppable, which will easily top next week's Billboard 200 albums chart with 351,000 copies sold, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That solid opening bow — the second best this year behind U2's 480,000 first week — helped keep the soundtrack to the "Hannah Montana" movie at #2 with 196,000 in sales. Just behind the Miley Cyrus effort was the chart debut by veteran rapper and Lox member Jadakiss, with his third solo album, The Last Kiss, which racked up 135,000 units moved. He's followed by the strong #4 opening from country singer Jason Aldean's Wide Open (109,000).
The rest of the top 10 includes: NOW 30 (#5, 99,000), Taylor Swift's Fearless (#6, 82,000, pushing her over the 3 million mark), Keith Urban's Defying Gravity (#7, 72,000, a nearly 60 percent falloff from last week's debut), the "Twilight" soundtrack (#8, 68,000), Prince's Target-exclusive three-disc set LotusFlow3r (#9, 66,000, down 61 percent from last week's debut) and Lady Gaga's Fame (#10, 56,000).
After more than a year on the charts, Carrie Underwood's 2007 album, Carnival Ride, had another solid week, jumping from #34 to #16 on a nearly 100 percent increase in sales to 32,000. Flo Rida, on the other hand, shed 43 percent of the first-week business of his R.O.O.T.S. album, despite a high-profile slot on "American Idol," with 31,000 units moved.
As he contemplates retirement, Bow Wow gets the bad news that his potential swan song, New Jack City Pt. II, took a header in its second week, free-falling from a #16 debut to #48 on sales of nearly 13,000. Also debuting on the charts is the three-disc Grateful Dead set, To Terrapin: Hartford '77 (#168, 4,000), a remastered chronicle of what is considered by many Deadheads to be one of the band's finest live shows. Elsewhere, Jesse McCartney's Departure makes its way back onto the charts at #79 (just under 9,000) nearly a year after its release.
Among the week's other debuts, veteran rocker Neil Young's car-themed homage to his home-brewed hybrid Lincvolt, Fork in the Road, debuts at #19 with 28,000 in sales. The latest from Miley's dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Back to Tennessee, slides in at #41 (14,000). And rapper Mims' Guilt manages a #53 debut with 12,000 satisfied customers. England's Doves break in at #88 with Kingdom of Rust (8,000). Former "American Idol" singer Kellie Pickler's self-titled country album hits #112 (6,000), and indie darling Bat for Lashes (a.k.a. singer Natasha Khan) lands at #140 (5,000) in the first week for her Two Suns album.
Next week's charts will see the debuts of albums from Diddy's Day26 and the Silversun Pickups.