Country star claims lowest-selling chart-topping debut ever

Toby Keith’s “Bullets in the Gun” entered the U.S. album chart last week ringing up the weakest sales ever for a No. 1 debut.

The country singer’s Show Dog/Universal title sold 71,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sunday., Oct. 10 According to Billboard, that’s the smallest number for a No. 1 bow since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

However, Justin Bieber still holds the record for the lowest-selling chart week at No. 1: Teen singer’s “My World 2.0” reached the apex with 60,000 sold in its eighth chart week back in May.

Two other new albums reached the top 10 in a generally dismal sales week. Pop vocalist Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” (Elektra) bowed at No. 3 with 55,000 sold out of the box. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s “Flockaveli” (Asylum) reached No. 6 with 37,000 shifted.

The week’s holdovers include Kenny Chesney’s “Hemingway’s Whiskey” (No. 2, 65,000 sold, down 64%), Eminem’s “Recovery” (No. 4, 52,000, off 12%), the Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” (No. 5, 43,000, down 39%), Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” (No. 7, 37,000, off 12%), Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (No. 8, 32,000, up 17%), Trey Songz’s “Passion, Pain & Pleasure” (No. 9, 32,000, down 24%) and Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “A Year Without Rain” (No. 10, 27,000, off 31%).

The physical edition of Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being,” out digitally for two weeks and currently No. 18, highlights this week’s oomph-less release schedule.

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