Rapper's album stays on top for 2nd week
Rapper Snoop Dogg topped the album sales chart for the second consecutive week with his “Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told” logging 246,000 copies, according to sales data released Wednesday.Sales of the No Limit/Priority Records disc, the rapper’s first for the label, expectedly fell by more than half from the previous week. But it still bested the No. 2 disc, the soundtrack to “Armageddon,” by more than 50,000 copies, for the period ended Aug. 16. The Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax disc went home with 186,,000 consumers and logged its fifth week in the place post. Snoop and “Armageddon” continued to hold the Beastie Boys at bay. The trio’s Capitol Records/Grand Royal disc remained at No. 3 and went home with more than 180,000 devotees. Though it remained in the No. 5 spot for the second week, “Stunt” from Warner/Reprise act Barenaked Ladies, posted a 14,000 unit uptick to nab a tally north of 119,000 copies. The disc was one of three Top 10 residents which posted sales increases from the previous week. The band’s sophomore album “Rock Spectacle” also benefited from the attention; it jumped 10 posts to No. 91. The Warner Sunset/Reprise Records soundtrack to “City of Angels” slipped two slots to No. 8 on sales of more than 95,000 copies. The ranks of soundtracks in the chart’s upper rungs fattened by one with the entry of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” which bowed at No. 10. The MCA Records disc topped by 2,000 copies sister label MCA Nashville’s entry of “Key,” the latest by Vince Gill. The country crooner’s disc logged a first-week tally of 88,000 copies. Luther Vandross’ first Virgin Records disc, “I Know,” opened at No. 26 on sales of more than 48,000 copies. Songs on the disc are being marketed by the labels to both pop and urban adult contemporary radio formats.