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Hill still at peak

'Miseducation' fends off 'Titanic' sequel

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the solo bow from Fugees front woman Hill, was the bestselling album in the nation for the second consecutive week, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The highly anticipated Columbia Records disc, which was snapped up by more than 265,000 fans, also held off a challenge for the top spot by the sequel album, “Back to Titanic.”

That Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax disc rose five slots to No. 2 — for the period ended Sept. 6 — on sales action of 165,000 copies, a tally that was no doubt aided by the home-video bow of the “Titanic” film.

The disc features new musical tracks from the Paramount/20th Century Fox film from composer James Horner and a reworked version of the Celine Dion warbled hit “My Heart Will Go On,” which boasts dialogue snippets from the film.

The newest “Titanic” wave also helped the original disc pick up sales steam. It rose 19 slots to No. 25 with nearly 50,000 copies going home with devotees.

The eponymous RCA Records debut of R&B ensemble N-Sync rose three notches to No. 3 and edged out conglommate/country crooner Alan Jackson, whose Arista Records disc “High Mileage” checked in at No. 4. Less than 4,000 copies separated the two discs, both from the BMG family. The song “I’ll Go On Loving You” has lengthy spoken word segments which could have alienated country radio programmers.

The Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal/Capitol Records disc “Hello Nasty” slid a trio of berths to No. 5 on sales of almost 110,000. By doing so, it held Reprise Records’ Barenaked Ladies to the No. 6 spot with less than a 300-copy difference between the two discs.

The Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax of “Armageddon” slid five slots to No. 8 on sales topping 105,000 copies and one was of three Sony Music family discs in the Top-10.

Conglommate Korn, whose Immortal Records/Epic disc “Follow the Leader,” bowed atop the chart two weeks ago, posted an impressive 76,000-copy tally.

The disc could register a sales uptick after its musicvideo “Got the Life” — which bowed after the chart tallies closed — gains additional exposure.

Willie Nelson’s first Island Records disc, “Teatro,” debuted at No. 121 on sales of 11,000 copies.

The music industry’s elder statesman has been actively promoting the disc and should see a climb on subsequent charts when consumer awareness kicks in.

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