Ne-Yo tops album sales chart

Newcomers storm the top 10

R&B performer-songwriter Ne-Yo hit the top slot on the nation’s album sales chart in the week ended Sunday, selling 251,000 copies of “Because of You” (Def Jam), according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Ne-Yo, whose second single from the disc, “Do You,” will be released to radio later this month, has been making the rounds on TV gabfests, appearing on “Live With Regis & Kelly,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.” He starts an 18-city tour on May 31 in Norfolk, Va.

Only the second album from the composer of Beyonce’s hit “Irreplaceable,” it is also his second No. 1. Disc led a charge of six newcomers in the top 10.

“Call Me Irresponsible” (143/Reprise), the fifth studio effort from standards singer Michael Buble, sold 212,000 copies to secure the No. 2 spot. Posting career bests in sales and chart position, singer certainly benefited from a recent fill-in appearance on “American Idol.”

Canadian rockers Rush, who have been recording for 33 years, took No. 3 by selling 93,000 copies of “Snakes & Arrows.” Chart position is the group’s best since 1993, when “Counterparts” went to No. 1.

Tori Amos landed her sixth top 10 album as “American Doll Posse” (Epic) sold 54,000 to enter at No. 5. Country singer Miranda Lambert’s second album, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Columbia), moved 53,000 to settle in at No. 6.

Another country singer, Blake Shelton, came in at a career-high No. 8. “Pure BS,” (Warner Bros.), Shelton’s fourth album, sold 48,000 copies.

“The Reminder” (CherryTree/Interscope), the first major label release from singer Feist, opened at No. 16 on sales of 31,000.

The “High School Musical” juggernaut continued as “High School Musical: The Concert” (Disney) entered at No. 28, selling 22,000, and Corbin Bleu’s “Another Side” (Disney) sold 18,000 to take No. 36.

The soundtrack from “Spider-Man 3,” released by Warner Music’s Record Collection imprint, sold 21,000 copies in its first week. The “Dreamgirls” soundtrack, meanwhile, nabbed a boost when the pic was released on DVD, selling 15,000 and rising 81 slots to No. 44.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club opened at No. 46, selling 14,000 copies of “Baby 81” (RCA).

The chart-topper of the past two weeks, Avril Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing,” dropped to No. 4, selling 86,000.

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