Ne-Yo Owns The Billboard 200 Chart With 'Because Of You'

R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo scores his second # 1 debut on the Bilboard 200 album chart this week, with 251,264 copies sold of his sophomore effort, “Because of You.” Ne-Yo also has this week’s fastest-growing digital download with the title track, coming in at # 2 on the Hot Downloaded Singles chart.

Michael Buble makes a strong debut as well, as the jazz crooner’s “Call Me Irresponsible” enters the chart at # 2 with 212,070 copies sold.

Canadian rock band Rush proves they have staying power, as their new album “Snakes & Arrows” debuts at # 3 following a five-year absence.

Avril Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing” drops to # 4 this week, after spending two weeks in the top spot.

Tori Amos debuts at # 5 with her ninth studio album, “American Doll Posse,” a conceptual work on which she sings from the perspective of five different women.

Young country star Miranda Lambert arrives on the Billboard 200 chart at # 6 with her 2nd album, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and also debuts at # 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

Daughtry spends their 24th week on the chart coming in at # 7, and country singer Blake Shelton debuts at # 8 with “Pure BS.”

The NOW 24 compilation and Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” round out the Top 10.

Maroon 5 continues to dominate the Hot Downloaded Singles chart for the 2nd week with their latest song, “Makes Me Wonder.” The song is the first single from their upcoming album “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” which arrives in stores on May 22.

Next week offers many new releases, including the latest from Linkin Park, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Megadeth, Gretchen Wilson, and former Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan.

Below are Billboard’s Top 10 Album and Top 10 Downloaded Singles charts for the week.

TOP 10 Albums

ARTIST- TITLE -UNITS SOLD

1. NE-YO - Because Of You - 251,264
2. MICHAEL BUBLE - Call Me Irresponsible - 212,070
3. RUSH - Snakes & Arrows - 92,889
4. AVRIL LAVIGNE - The Best Damn Thing - 86,294
5. TORI AMOS - American Doll Posse - 53,990
6. MIRANDA LAMBERT - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - 52,993
7. DAUGHTRY - Daughtry - 50,164
8. BLAKE SHELTON - Pure BS - 48,494
9. VARIOUS ARTISTS - NOW 24 - 46,378
10. CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Some Hearts - 43,842

TOP 10 Downloaded Singles

1. MAROON 5 - Makes Me Wonder - 177,158
2. NE-YO - Because Of You - 117,257
3. CARRIE UNDERWOOD - I’ll Stand By You - 113,690
4. AVRIL LAVIGNE - Girlfriend - 103,353
5. T-PAIN FEATURING YUNG JOC - Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’) - 89,168
6. TIMBALAND feat. NELLY FURTADO & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - Give It To Me - 77,763
7. BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY feat. AKON - 69,667
8. KELLY CLARKSON - Never Again - 69,400
9. FERGIE FEATURING LUDACRIS - Glamorous - 66,479
10. HUEY - Pop, Lock & Drop It - 61,394

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