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Kenny Chesney debuts at No. 1

Kenny Chesney debuts at No. 1. His ”Be As You Are” tops the album chart, while fellow country star LeAnn Rimes debuts at No. 3 with ”This Woman”

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Kenny Chesney: Tammie Arroyo/AP

Nashville reasserted itself this week on the Billboard album chart, whose two biggest debuts came from Kenny Chesney and country-artist-once-more LeAnn Rimes. Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair debuted at No. 1 and sold 311,000 copies, according to SoundScan, while Rimes entered the chart at No. 3 by selling 101,000 copies of This Woman, her best chart debut since 1997.

Dethroned after one week was rapper The Game’s The Documentary, which slipped to second place on sales of 255,000, down 55 percent from last week. It was one of just two top 10 albums that saw sales slide this week (the other was Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz’ Crunk Juice, which dropped three places to No. 7.

Otherwise, the top 10 albums saw modest sales increases, even though they lost chart positions because of Chesney and Rimes. Those included Green Day’s American Idiot, up 11 percent to 95,000 but down two slots to fourth place, and Eminem’s Encore, up 4 percent to 78,000 but also down two notches to No. 5. John Legend’s Get Lifted slid one slot to No. 6, Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway fell two spots to No. 8, and Usher’s Confessions also slipped two, to ninth place.

Of the two simultaneous releases by Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, the acoustic I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning cracked the top 10 with a 10th place debut, while the more experimental Digital Ash in a Digital Urn opened at No. 15.

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