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Interscope act remains atop music chart

Interscope/Trauma Records act Bush maintained its hold on the top spot on the music chart, with more than 200,000 copies of its sophomore offering going home last week with consumers, according to label execs.

For the week ending Dec. 1, Interscope also again held the No. 2 spot on the chart, thanks to sales of more than 197,000 copies of No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” album.

Last week, Interscope tied a 20-year record by holding the top four spots on the Top 200 chart with releases from Bush, No Doubt, Snoop Doggy Dogg and 2Pac (as Makaveli). Columbia Records last did it in 1976 with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago.

No Doubt’s disc was among the 11 albums in the top 15 showing sales gains from the previous week, a list that also included Epic Records songstress Celine Dion.

Dion’s “Falling Into You” album continues to surprise industry insiders as it holds its own amid the urban music-heavy chart after 38 weeks of release.

Dr. Dre’s first disc on his new Aftermath label (distributed by Interscope through MCA’s Uni Distribution) bowed at No. 6, with more than 124,000 copies of “Dr. Dre Presents” just edging out Death Row Records rapper and former labelmate 2Pac with 123,000 copies of “Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.”

Uni again led the market share charge among the big-six distributors by logging a 17.3 % share.

The impressive take was followed by Warners’ WEA posting a 16.6% and BMG’s 15.62% share. Sony posted a 13.66% share, Polygram’s PGD checked in with 11% and EMI’s EMD nabbed a 7.97% share.

Other surprises included a 25-spot jump by Rod Stewart’s “If We Fall in Love Tonight,” which sold more than 71,000 copies, more than doubling his tally last week. The jump is partly attributable to the usually press-shy Stewart doing a flurry of promotions including in-store appearances and singing on “Oprah Winfrey.”

Snoop Doggy Dogg’s “Tha Doggfather” drops just three spots on sales of slightly more than 144,000 copies to No. 4, while the urban-flavored soundtrack to “Space Jam” moves up three to earn the No. 5 spot with sales of more than 130,000 copies.

Soundtrack action included Capitol’s “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet” moving up to No. 8 on sales of 118,000 and Arista’s “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack bowing at No. 12 on sales of just north of 90,000 copies.

Prince’s first post-Warner Bros. disc, “Emancipation,” dropped from No. 11 to No. 38 despite a highly touted appearance on “Oprah.”

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