'Armageddon' top album, followed by 'Angels'
The soundtrack to “Armageddon” was the bestselling album in the nation for the second consecutive week, with more than 236,000 copies going home with consumers, according to sales data released Wednesday.The Columbia Records disc — which posted a 50,000-unit uptick from the previous chart list — is proving that rock isn’t dead, but just resting. The disc’s amped-up lead-off single, “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” from Aerosmith, is getting widespread radioplay on rock, classic and Top-40 stations. The Warner-Sunset/Reprise Records soundtrack to “City of Angels” rose a pair of slots to No. 2 on sales action of 144,000 copies. The disc continues to post substantial weekly gains despite the film’s drop in profile. Barenaked impressive Reprise Records’ Barenaked Ladies logged an impressive first-week tally for its “Stunt” disc. The album checked in at No. 3 on sales of 142,000 copies and reflected the top-notch setup put in motion by label marketeers led by label exec veep/g.m. Rich Fitzgerald. (The raised profile of the band helped its previous disc, “Rock Spectacle,” nab a related 14-berth boost to No. 93 with 15,000 units sold). The challenge will be to keep “Stunt” in the chart’s top rungs, as the industry album release slate is becoming more crowded. At No. 4 was “Never Say Never,” from singer/actress Brandy with a 117,000-copy total for the Atlantic Records disc, which rose one notch, but slipped in sales. ‘Keeper’ bow Priority Records’ Kane & Abel landed at No. 5 with a first-week total of 110,000 copies for its “Am I My Brothers Keeper.” The strong bow momentarily pushed the Capitol Records soundtrack to “Hope Floats” down a notch to No. 6 on sales of 102,000 copies. Rapper Master P continued his seven-week residency in the Top-10 as his “MP Da Last Don” held steady at No. 7 on sales of 110,000 copies. Will Smith’s Columbia disc “Big Willie Style” and labelmate Maxwell’s “Embrya” landed the Nos. 8 & 9 spots, respectively. ‘Doolittle,’ ‘Rope’ The Atlantic Records soundtrack to “Dr. Doolittle” registered an 8,000-copy rise and logged sales of 86,000 copies to keep it at No. 10 for the second week. The positive reviews and the heat attached to the stateside start of Janet Jackson’s world tour helped her “Velvet Rope” disc ascend 25 slots to No. 59. Nearly 22,000 copies of the Virgin Records disc went home with devotees, a marked rise from the 18,000-copy average in previous weeks.