Rockers Korn bow at top as Snoop Dogg disc slips

Beastie Boys buoy back to second

The appropriately titled “Follow the Leader” from Epic/Immortal act Korn topped the album sales chart with more than 268,000 copies going home with consumers, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The strong bow ended the two-week reign atop the chart for Snoop Dogg, whose “Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told” slid two slots to No. 3 on sales of 156,000 units for the period ended Aug. 23.

The No Limit/Priority Records disc failed to stop an ascension from the Beastie Boys, which rose a post to No. 2. The trio’s Capitol Records/Grand Royal disc, which is benefiting from the widespread airplay success of the single “Intergalactic,” went home with more than 167,000 devotees.

“The strong debut of the Korn album is a testament to the marketing muscle at Sony and Epic and the label working closely with management to ensure the record is aggressively promoted,” Korn’s manager Jeff Kwatinetz of the firm told Daily Variety. “They left nothing to chance.”

Korn’s international sales numbers are also impressive, and the album will get a further Stateside boost when the band’s video for the lead-off single, “Got the Life,” airs on MTV at the end of this week.

Falling star

At No. 4 was the soundtrack to “Armageddon” from Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax, which fell two slots but logged more than 154,000 copies sold.

Though it slid one berth to No. 6, “Stunt” from Warner/Reprise act Barenaked Ladies, posted a 3,000-unit uptick to nab a tally south of 123,000 copies.

Atlantic Records’ soundtrack to “Dr. Dolittle” held steady at No. 7 for the second week and barely fended off a challenge by Flyte Tyme/MCA Records’ soundtrack of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” which rose two notches to No. 8. Less than 2,500 copies separated the two discs.

Buoyed by the massive onscreen time recently given Madonna by MTV and VH1, the entertainer’s “Ray of Light” disc nabbed a 25-post boost to No. 31.

Notable bows included the Temptations’ “Phoenix Rising,” bowing at No. 59 on sales of 26,000 copies for its Motown Records disc; and the “3 Tenors — Paris” album checking in at No. 84 on 18,000 units.

Sales of the Atlantic Records disc, featuring Placido Domingo, Jose Carrera and Luciano Pavarotti, were helped by the recent repeats of the Paris concert on PBS.

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