Pearl Jam’s latest Epic album, “Vs.,” continues to dominate sales at the nation’s record retailers, according to SoundScan figures obtained Wednesday by a record industry source.After moving a first-week record 950,000 copies, the group’s sophomore album sold another 390,000 for a mammoth two-week total of 1,340,000. The band’s current tour, which began in San Francisco last weekend, arrives at Indio’s sold-out Empire Polo Club Friday. The band’s debut “Ten” stands in the No. 28 position and has sold more than 5 million copies. Meat Loaf’s latest smash, “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell,” moves back into the No. 2 position this week, with sales of 131,000. His U.S. tour kicks off at UCLA’s Wadsworth Theater Wednesday. The first single from “Bat II,””I’d DoAnything for Love,” was at No. 1 on the singles chart last week. The multiartist, country-flavored “Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles” (Giant) had another strong week, jumping from 6 to 3 with sales of more than 107 ,000, and was the week’s largest sales gainer. The tribute album features such top-line Nashville acts as Suzy Bogguss, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood performing Eagles hits, with a portion of generated proceeds going to former Eagle Don Henley’s Walden Woods Foundation. Highest new listing of the week belongs to Bay Area hardcore rapper Too Short (aka Todd Shaw), whose new Jive album “In Where Ya Fit” sold nearly 92,000 copies for a No. 4 bow. Other chart debuts this week belong to: the late 10,000 Maniacs, whose swan-song album “MTV Unplugged” (Elektra) sold 56,000, good for No. 13; young R&B singer Tevin Campbell, whose second Qwest album, “I’m Ready,” enters at No. 18; and NBA superstar turned rap star Shaquille O’Neal, at No. 30, with his Jive-issued “Shaq Diesel.” Other debuts include Zapp and Roger, whose Reprise collection “All the Greatest Hits” drops at No. 39; Jackson Browne, at No. 40, with his comeback statement “I’m Alive”; Bob Dylan, whose folky/bluesy Columbia album “World Gone Wrong” bows at No. 70; and guitar whiz Joe Satriani, whose new double-length career retrospective “Time Machine” (Relativity) comes on line at No. 95.
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