Mary J. Blige's "Breakthrough" is her third No. 1 album and leads a trio of R&B debuts in the top slots of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
No. 4 is Eminem's "Curtain Call: The Hits" and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" holds down the No. 5 spot.
In its 37th week on the chart, Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" is No. 6, followed by the 20th volume of "NOW That's What I Call Music!" hits compilation.
Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" is No. 8, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" is No. 9 and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" rounds out the Top 10.
U.S. album sales rose 34 percent over the previous week with 33 million units sold, but overall sales for 2005 still lagged 2004 by 10 percent.