Country star Kenny Chesney made his expected bow on the U.S. album chart at No. 1 this week, while rapper Lil Wayne placed with the digital release of his new set.
Chesney’s “Hemingway’s Whiskey” (BNA/Sony Nashville) entered at the apex with a 184,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday, Oct. 3.
It’s Chesney’s sixth chart-topping album. Unusually in this era of declining sales, its performance bests the first-week tally for the vocalist’s last studio album, “Lucky Old Sun” (2008), which entered at the top with 176,000 units sold.
Though Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being” (Cash Money) doesn’t land in stores until Oct. 12, the imprisoned rapper’s set made a splash at No. 2 as a download, tracking 110,000 digital copies.
Weezy’s entry trails the lone chart-topping digital-only debut by a considerable distance: “Hope for Haiti Now” benefit collection arrived at No. 1 in January with a 171,000-unit score.
Other top 10 bows this week arrive with sluggish numbers.
Rapper Gucci Mane’s “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted” (Asylum) moves in at No. 4 with 60,000 shifted. Last year, his “The State vs. Radric Davis” reaped 90,000 its first week out, good for a No. 10 debut.
“Clapton” (Warner Bros.), guitar deity Eric Clapton’s latest opus, raises sand at No. 6 with 47,000 moved out of the box. It’s the axman’s first top 10 release since his blues recital “Me and Mr. Johnson” reached the same slot six years ago.
Remainder of the top 10 holds over from last week: the Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” (No. 3, 70,000 units, down 54%), Eminem’s “Recovery” (No. 5, 59,000, off 10%), Trey Songz’s “Passion, Pain and Pleasure” (No. 7, 42,000, down 36%), Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” (No. 8, 42,000, a 40% decline), Maroon 5’s “Hands All Over” (No. 9, 41,000, off 71%) and Selena Gomez and the Scene’s “A Year Without Rain” (No. 10, 38,000, down 42%).
Likeliest candidates for major chart entries next week include new titles by Bruno Mars, Toby Keith and Jars of Clay, plus a flood of commemorative John Lennon reissues.