Disc still tops album sales chart

For the second consecutive week, the Beastie Boys’ Capitol Records disc “Hello Nasty” topped the nation’s album sales chart.

The disc, which last week logged the largest first-week bow of the year, saw its second-week tally drop by more than half to 315,000 copies for the period ended July 26.

Such a drop had been expected by label execs in light of the disc’s potent bow on the chart following its first six days on sale.

The Beastie Boys were among a handful of hip-hop albums on the upper rungs of the chart, including bows from Jermaine Dupri, Wu-Tang Killa and newcomer Cam’ron.

At No. 2 was the soundtrack to “Armageddon,” marking its second week in that slot.

The Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax disc went home with 243,000 consumers, which represented a 10,000-unit uptick from the previous chart. It also crossed the 1 million-unit plateau in just its fourth week of release.

“Life in 1472,” the So So Def/Columbia Records disc from Jermaine Dupri, landed at No. 3 on sales of 162,000 copies.

The heavily publicized disc is also benefiting by radio’s acceptance of the single “Money Ain’t a Thang,” which features Dupri and Jay-Z.

At No. 4 was “Swarm” by Wu-Tang Killa, which nabbed a 140,000-copy tally for the Priority Records disc.

Though “City of Angels” has largely faded, the Warner-Sunset/Reprise Records soundtrack is still racking up strong sales. The disc slid a slot to No. 5 but posted a healthy 138,000-unit tally.

“Confessions of Fire” from newcomer Cam’ron debuted at No. 6 on sales of 107,000 copies. “Horse & Carriage,” the kickoff track of the Untertainment/Epic Records disc, also features Bad Boy/Arista Records’ artist Mase.

Despite a four-post drop, “Stunt,” the third disc from Reprise Records’ Barenaked Ladies, showed plenty of life with its 93,000-copy tally in its third week of release.

A strong presence at the box office is helping to fuel sales of the soundtrack to TriStar’s “The Mask of Zorro,” which registered a 77-slot jump. The Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax disc, which went home with 17,000 consumers, is getting a boost from the rising profile of the duet between Latin music heartthrob Marc Anthony and Tina Arena, who warble the ballad “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You.”

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