Boys rock steady

Backstreet disc retains No. 1; Spears rises

The Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” was the bestselling album in the nation for the second consecutive week, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The Jive Records disc went home with more than 250,000 fans during the period ended Aug. 15, a 16,000-unit uptick from the previous chart. The increase, which put the disc over the 5 million mark in its 13th week on sale, was helped by ads for the ensemble’s upcoming tour, which sold out all of its 53 dates Aug. 7.

The disc is expected to post another uptick next week thanks to the tour’s setup publicity and ads from Sears promoting its link with the group.

‘Significant’ return

Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other” held steady at No. 2 for the second week on sales of more than 194,000 copies.

Industry action eased slightly over the previous list with nearly 14.8 million units being sold during the last seven days, compared with more than 14.9 million units moved during the seven-day period ended Aug. 8.

Universal Music Group continued its album market-share dominance with 30.15%, meaning nearly one out of every three albums sold during the week belonged to a UMG artist.

BMG owned an almost 19% percent market share, followed by Sony’s 15.5%, Warner’s 12.8% and EMI’s 8.36%.

Spears jumps to No. 3

Sold-out tour stops, a hot second single and recurrent MTV programming helped Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” ascend two slots to No. 3. Her Jive Records offering went home with more than 138,000 fans and pushed past the No. 4 disc, Ricky Martin’s self-titled English-language C2/Columbia Records bow. Less than 500 copies separated the two.

At No. 5 was the latest installment in the “Now” series of compilation discs, this one featuring acts from the EMI, Universal and Zomba families. The Virgin Records disc rose a rung and went home with more than 135,000 devotees, with sales helped through frequent TV spots for the disc.

The Columbia soundtrack to “Runaway Bride” checked in at No. 6 — a two-stall slide from the previous chart — on sales of more than 131,000 copies and 10,000 discs ahead of the No. 7 disc, Kid Rock’s Atlantic Records album “Devil Without a Cause.”

Def Jam’s rap compilation “Violator” was the lone bow in the top 10, with a first-week tally north of 115,000 units, good enough for eighth place.

At No. 9 for the second consecutive week was Smash Mouth’s sophomore Interscope Records disc, “Astro Lounge,” which was snapped up by more than 101,000 fans, besting the No. 10 disc, Santana’s “Supernatural,” by less than 1,000 copies.

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