LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Kenny Chesney grabbed his sixth No. 1 entry on the U.S. album chart Wednesday, replacing the Zac Brown Band, which dropped to No. 3 on the list.
Chesney’s “Hemingway’s Whiskey” bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 183,000 copies sold during the week ended October 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The singer’s last studio effort, 2008’s “Lucky Old Sun,” also entered at No. 1, but with a slightly lower number: 176,000.
Among country acts, Chesney is now in second place for the most No. 1s on the big chart: only Garth Brooks, with eight, has more.
Dating back to 2002’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” Chesney has notched nine top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.
The previous week’s No. 1 album, Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give,” fell to third place with sales of 70,000.
Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being” took a digital-only bow at No. 2 with 110,000, marking the jailed rapper’s eighth top 10 album. It follows the No. 2 debut and peak earlier this year of his “Rebirth,” which landed with 176,000 in February. “I Am Not a Human Being” initially was intended as a digital-exclusive release, but the CD version (with three additional tracks) will be released Tuesday (October 12).
“Human Being” is just the second set to reach the top two rungs on the chart solely off the strength of digital downloads. In January, the charity compilation “Hope for Haiti” spent two weeks in the top two -- including one week at No. 1. (“Haiti” was never issued in a physical configuration.)
Gucci Mane earned his second top 10 album with “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted,” which bowed at No. 4 with 60,000.
Rock icon Eric Clapton claimed his lucky 13th top 10 set, with the simply titled “Clapton” bowing at No. 6 with 47,000. Clapton has now racked up top 10s in five consecutive decades, stretching back to 1972’s No. 6 hit “History of Eric Clapton.”
Eminem’s “Recovery” slipped one spot to No. 5 (59,000), Trey Songz’s “Passion, Pain and Pleasure” held at No. 7 (42,000), Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” fell three to No. 8 (42,000), Maroon 5’s “Hands All Over” descended seven spots to No. 9 (41,000) and Selena Gomez and the Scene’s “A Year Without Rain” dropped six to No. 10 (38,000).
Overall album sales totaled 5.3 million units, up 6 percent from the previous week and down 23 percent from the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales stand at 221.07 million, a 13 percent drop compared with the same total at this point last year.