The latest disc from rapper Snoop Dogg, “Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told,” topped the nation’s album sales chart with a first-week tally of more than 519,000 copies, according to sales data released Wednesday.
The Priority Records disc, the rapper’s first for the label, bested Dogg’s most recent disc, “Tha Doggfather,” which was released in 1996 by Death Row Records and logged a first-week tally of 479,000 copies.
While the latest tally is impressive, it was not the largest bow of the year, and ranks 17th among industry first-week sales totals.
Dogg’s bow notwithstanding, the upper rungs of the album chart changed little from the previous week’s listing.
At No. 2 was the soundtrack to “Armageddon,” marking its fourth week in the slot for the period ended Aug. 9.
The Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax disc went home with more than 200,000 consumers and posted only a 16,000-unit decline from the previous week.
Dogg’s strong bow ended the three-week rein atop the charts by the Beastie Boys’ “Hello Nasty.”
The trio’s Capitol Records/Grand Royal disc fell to No. 3 and went home with just less than 200,000 devotees.
The tally reflected a 46,000-copy drop from the previous chart, but the disc’s 1.4 million total since its bow is demonstrating unusual staying power for a rap album.
The Atlantic Records soundtrack to “Dr. Dolittle” rose one notch to No. 4, and was just ahead of “Stunt” from Warner/Reprise act Barenaked Ladies, which nabbed the No. 5 spot.
The Warner Sunset/Reprise Records soundtrack to “City of Angels” slipped three slots to No. 6 on sales of 104,000 copies. The disc is quickly closing in on 3 million copies sold since its bow 19 weeks ago.
Proving that there is still plenty of life left in the music of the ’80s, the second Maverick Records soundtrack to “The Wedding Singer” ascended 27 slots to No. 42 on sales action of more than 32,000 copies. It was one of three of the chart’s 200 discs to nab double-digit chart gains.
Sales of the disc are being helped by the ads touting the homevideo release of the comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.