Sony rules chart

Company's artists in top three spots

The film may have lost its top spot at the box office, but the soundtrack to “Titanic” continues to rule the album sales charts: More than 390,000 copies of the disc were sold last week, making it the bestselling album in the nation for the 13th consecutive week.

The Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax disc has now tied the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard,” which had its 13-week chart-topping reign in the first part of 1993 and remains the industry’s bestselling film-music disc, with 16 million albums sold.

Though “Titanic” posted 85,000 fewer sales than the previous week, the disc topped 7 million units sold domestically through the chart survey period ended April 5, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Celine Dion’s 550/Epic Records disc “Let’s Talk About Love” held steady at No. 2 on sales of 197,000 copies, though it experienced a 20,000-copy drop, nearly the same tally it gained during the previous week when it benefited from a pair of Academy Award wins and the songstress’s Oscarcast performance of “My Heart Will Go On” — a track that appears on both Dion’s disc and the “Titanic” disc.

The solid sales action is no doubt aided by widespread radio play and Dion’s warbling of the track in the ubiquitous musicvideo, which boasts interspersed footage from the Paramount/20th Century Fox film and receives frequent airings on cabler VH1.

Savage Garden goes bronze

Sony labelmates Savage Garden rose two slots to No. 3 on sales of 113,000 copies of its eponymous Columbia Records bow.

As a result, Sony owned the three top-selling discs in the nation and the conglom kicked off its second calendar quarter as the industry’s marketshare leader.

“Except for ‘Titanic,’ the (industry’s sales) numbers are typical for this time of year,” Henry Droz, prexy of Universal Music and Video Distribution, told Daily Variety. “April, May and June are historically the slowest months. The weather changes and people start spending more time outdoors and not thinking about buying albums.”

Madonna’s “Ray of Light,” which is benefiting from growing airplay of the single “Frozen” on radio and on music cablers MTV and VH1, remained at No. 4 for the second week, with 104,000 copies of the Maverick/Warner Bros. Records disc moving.

At No. 5 was the self-titled Jive Records bow from the Backstreet Boys, which logged 101,000 copies — a 5,000-unit increase from the previous week.

“Moment of Truth,” the bow from Virgin Records act Gang Starr, landed at No. 6 on sales of 97,000 copies and was one of the two newcomers to the chart’s top 10. The other debut, Daz Dillinger, checked in at No. 8 with more than 84,000 copies of its Priority Records disc “Retaliation, Revenge.”

Clapton on the move

Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim” rose one slot to No. 7 on sales of 85,000 of the Duck/Reprise Records disc; K-Ci & Jo Jo’s MCA Records disc “Love Always” logged north of 79,000 copies and held steady at No. 9 for the third week.

“Give Me Life or Death,” the Priority Records bow from C-Murder, dropped three notches to No. 10 on sales of 72,000 copies. The disc’s sales total was cut by 20,000 copies from the previous week’s 91,000-copy take — a typical slide for hip-hop discs.

Other notable chart bows included the eagerly awaited disc from former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, which entered the chart at No. 42.

Nearly 29,000 copies of the Atlantic Records disc “12 Bar Blues” went home with consumers. The disc’s first single, “Barbarella,” is catching fire at radio stations such as L.A.’s KROQ.

The Reprise Records soundtrack to “City of Angels” got a strong start with a 46,000-unit bow and a No. 23 entry on the chart. The Nicolas Cage-Meg Ryan starrer opens Friday.

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