T-Pain, Rihanna sit atop music charts

Paul McCartney missed scoring his first No. 1 album in 25 years by 10,000 copies as T-Pain’s “Epiphany” (Jive) took the week’s album sales crown and Ri-hanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” slipped past the former Beatle to take the second spot.

“Epiphany,” the rapper’s second release, sold 171,000 copies, far outdistancing “Rapper Ternt Sanga” which got to No. 40 on a sales week of 47,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (Def Jam), driven by the No. 1 single “Umbrella,” edged McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full” by nearly 2,000 sales. All three of her albums have debuted in the top 10, with each outselling its predecessor.

McCartney’s album — his 21st studio pop album and his first for Starbucks’ Hear Music/Concord label — stood out from the crowd after receiving an enormous promotional effort. Hear shipped more than 500,000 copies of the disc to retail outlets, and the album played in more than 10,000 Starbucks locations in 29 coun-tries on June 5. McCartney appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday. Diskery also released a video of “Dance Tonight” to TV and the single “Ever Present Past” to radio.

Starbucks Hear also used its XM channel to promote the album, and XM gave over a channel to play only the music of the former Beatle. Rather than topping the charts, “Memory” just missed joining McCartney efforts such as “Wingspan: Hits and History” (2001), “Flaming Pie” (1997), “London Town” (1978) and “Ram” (1971), which hit the No. 2 slot.

Since SoundScan starting tracking sales 16 years ago, McCartney has had only two better first-week tallies: for 2002’s “Back in the U.S. Live 2002″ (224,000) and “Wingspan” (221,000). McCartney’s last disc, September 2005’s “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” (Capitol), debuted at No. 6 on sales of 92,000.

The McCartney disc hit a snafu in the U.K., where copies sold at the 533 Starbucks locations were not counted toward the official total. It meant a No. 5 open-ing for Macca in his home country, once again trailing Rihanna, who came in at No. 1.

Three other rookies made it into the top 10 and another 10 opened between Nos. 11 and 50.

Country duo Big & Rich opened at No. 6, selling 103,000 copies of “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace” (Warner Bros.). Marilyn Manson’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” (Interscope) sold 88,000 to come in at No. 8. And reggaeton star Daddy Yankee sold 82,000 copies of “El Cartel: The Big Boss” (El Cartel) to take No. 9.

A&M’s two-CD compilation of hits by the Police sold 58,000 to take No. 11; “Carry On” (Suretone/Interscope), the second album from former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, sold 37,000 to debut at No. 17; and Dream Theater’s first album for Roadrunner, “Systematic Chaos,” scored a career-high chart position at No. 19, selling 36,000.

Bruce Springsteen’s two-CD “Live in Dublin” (Columbia), which features his Seeger Sessions Band, sold 31,000 (No. 23); Carl Thomas’ third album “So Much Better” (Umbrella) moved 28,000 (No. 25); the “2007 Warped Tour Compilation” sold 22,000 (No. 31); and Poison’s EMI America/Capitol album of covers “Poison’d” moved 21,000 (No. 32).

Lil Wyte’s third disc “One & Only”(Asylum) sold 16,000 (No. 46); Tesla’s “Real to Reel” moved 15,000 (No. 48); and Tiger Army’s “Music From the Regions Beyond” (Hellcat) sold 15,000 (No. 49).

Last week’s No. 1, R. Kelly’s “Double Up,” dipped to No. 4, selling 121,000.

Amy Winehouse appears on the cover of Rolling Stone and Spin this week, which has translated into a 33% sales spike — 67,000 sold — but a chart position slide, No. 6 to No. 10.

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