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Avril Lavigne bests rivals on worldwide charts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne went to No. 1 on both the album and singles charts in the United States, her label said Wednesday.

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne performs before the exhibition boxing match between German Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF) flyweight World Champion Regina Halmich and entertainer Stefan Raab in Cologne, in this March 30, 2007 file photo. Lavigne went to No. 1 on both the album and singles charts in the United States, her label said Wednesday. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

Lavigne’s third album, “The Best Damn Thing,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 286,358 copies in the week ended April 22.

The tally fell far short of the 380,500 No. 1 start for her previous release, 2004’s “Under My Skin,” but all artists have been affected by a prolonged slide in album sales.

The first single from the new album, “Girlfriend,” jumped two places to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, according to RCA Records. Billboard will release data Thursday.

RCA also said “The Best Damn Thing” has sold more than 1.5 million copies internationally, and debuted at No. 1 in 11 countries including the U.K., Japan, Canada, Germany, and Italy.

Elsewhere, Nine Inch Nails’ sixth studio release, “Year Zero,” entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 187,000 copies, Billboard reported. The Trent Reznor-led combo’s previous album, 2005’s “With Teeth,” opened at No. 1 with 271,000 copies. The 1999 set “The Fragile” was its only other No. 1, hitting that mark with first-week sales of 229,000.

The “Now 24” hits compilation, featuring tunes by the likes of Fergie and Nickelback, fell to No. 3 after two weeks at No. 1 with 68,000 copies.

“American Idol” Season 5 finalist Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut started at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 61,000 units. On the latter chart, it’s the biggest start by a new male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” debuted with 90,000 in 1992.

Martina McBride’s “Waking Up Laughing” rose three places to No. 5 with 55,000, thanks in part to the country singer’s appearance last week on “American Idol.”

R&B singer Akon’s “Konvicted” dropped three places to No. 6 with 52,000, and rock band Daughtry’s self-titled effort slipped one to No. 7, also with 52,000.

Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go” tumbled six places to No. 8, with 51,000. Fellow Nashville star Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” rebounded five places to No. 9 with 45,000. R&B hitmaker Timbaland’s “Timbaland Presents Shock Value” fell five places to No. 10 with 40,000.

Album sales were up 1.3% from last week’s total at 8.16 million units, but down 10.7% compared with the same week last year.