Puff tough at chart top

Puff Daddy, the alter ego of rap mogul Sean (Puffy) Combs, logged a second week at the top of the nation’s album sales charts, with his Bad Boy/Arista disc “No Way Out” selling more than 185,500 copies in the week ended Aug. 17.

The disc, Combs’ bow as a recording artist, has topped 1.2 million in sales in its four weeks of release.

The “Men in Black” soundtrack, which rose a notch into the No. 2 spot on sales of 130,000 copies, traded places with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Ruthless Records offering “The Art of War.” The Bone disc sold 122,500 copies, giving it an impressive three-week tally of 701,000 copies.

Virgin Records’ Spice Girls and Mercury’s Hanson each posted one-notch gains to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. “Spice” sold more than 119,000 copies, while Hanson’s debut “Middle of Nowhere” sold 104,000 units.

Rounding out the chart’s top 10 were Matchbox 20’s Atlantic Records offering “Yourself or Someone Like You” at No. 6 on sales of more than 94,000 units; label mate Jewel’s “Pieces of You” at No. 7 on sales of 91,000 copies; and Sarah McLachlan’s Arista Records disc “Surfacing” at No. 8 thanks to more than 89,000 copies landing in consumers’ hands.

The Def Jam soundtrack to the Gramercy pic “How to Be a Player” checked in at No. 9 with movement of 83,000 copies, and Prodigy’s Maverick Records disc “The Fat of the Land” landed at No. 10 on action of 79,000 copies.

Latin crooner Luis Miguel, whose tour has become the industry’s hot ticket — five shows at Universal Amphitheatre next month are sellouts — saw his latest WEA Latina disc “Romances” bow at No. 14 with more than 57,000 copies ringing registers. (The real tally could in fact be triple that, as many Latin music sales are made at mom and pop stores and are unreported.)

Other notable entries included the eponymous Backstreet Boys Jive Records disc at No. 29 on sales of 40,000 copies; and “Maladjusted,” Morrissey’s bow on Mercury Records, landing at No. 61 with sales of 19,000 copies.

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