With Home Before Dark, Neil Diamond has landed his first chart-topping album.

The Columbia release, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, got a big plug when Diamond appeared recently on American Idol, bolstering its 146,000 first-week U.S. sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Rick Rubin-produced Home is Diamond's biggest debut sales week since SoundScan began tracking in 1991.