The record industry might be melting down faster than an ice-cream cone on a hot summer sidewalk, but McLeansville's Chris Daughtry is still doing just fine. "Leave This Town" (19 Recordings/RCA), followup to the "American Idol" finalist's 4-million-selling 2006 debut, just became Daughtry's second straight album to hit the top of the Billboard 200 album-sales chart. It sold 269,299 copies in its opening week to debut at No. 1.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should note that I didn't much care for "Daughtry" (and still don't) -- much to the ire of his fans.