‘G.O.A.T.’ herds to chart top

Cool J's latest hits No.1, Boyz disc debuts at 4th spot

The nation’s music sales chart got its first shakeup of the fall as three new releases cracked the top 10, with LL Cool J’s “G.O.A.T.” coming out on top.

The rapper’s Def Jam disc — which stands for “Greatest of All Time” — sold nearly 209,000 copies during the week that ended Sunday, according to Soundscan data.

Boyz II Men, with their first album in three years, landed at No. 4 on first-week sales of slightly less than 133,000 copies of “Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya” (Universal). Reprise’s Barenaked Ladies saw almost 128,000 copies of their new disc, “Maroon,” go home with consumers.

Slipped discs

Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Universal) slipped one spot, to No. 2, on sales of 187,000-plus, as did Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Interscope), which nabbed third on 153,000 units sold.

Other significant debuts were: Too Short, “You Nasty” (Jive) at No. 12 for sales of more than 82,000; Universal’s soundtrack to “Baller Blockin’ ” at No. 13, selling nearly 81,000; the Corrs’ “In Blue” (Atlantic) sold 46,000 to hit No. 21; and Andrea Bocelli’s “Verdi” (Phillips) landed at No. 23, selling 44,500.

Christina Aguilera was the lone artist with two albums in the top 100. Her self-titled debut album on RCA is at No. 22, having now sold more than 6.5 million copies, and her first Spanish-language album, “Mi Reflejo,” sold nearly 43,000 copies in its first week.

Aguilera’s sales were no doubt aided by her appearance on the Latin Grammys telecast last week. Another beneficiary was Colombian singer Shakira, whose “MTV Unplugged” topped 7,000 units in its first week and whose gold album “Donde Estan los Ladrones” sold nearly the same to warrant a No. 167 finish. The week’s top gainer was Son By Four, which sang on the kudoscast with ‘N Sync, posting a 5,000-unit rise last week to hit No. 105 on the chart. A “Latin Grammys” compilation on Epic sold 10,500 units.

Femme bows

Female singer-songwriters had fair to middling results with new discs. Emmylou Harris’ first disc for Nonesuch, “Red Dirt Girl,” topped 24,000 in sales to debut at a solid No. 54; Joan Osborne’s “Righteous Love” (Interscope) premiered at No. 90 on sales of more than 14,000; Rickie Lee Jones’ Artemis disc of covers, “It’s Like This,” hit nearly 8,000 to land at No. 148.

New soundtracks failed to ring up much at the registers as “Duets” and “Almost Famous” landed at 112 and 136, respectively.

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