Madonna’s sweet ‘Music’

Album debut laps Nelly's No. 2 'Grammar'

Madonna bulldozed her way to top of the nation’s album sales charts as nearly 420,000 copies of her Warners disc “Music” were sold during the week ended Sunday.

In its debut week, “Music” sold more than twice the No. 2 album, Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Universal), which sold 182,000 plus, according to SoundScan data. Madonna’s last album, “Ray of Light,” released in March 1998, sold 375,000 copies in its first week. “Music” continues to be the top single in the country.

George Strait’s eponymous MCA Nashville disc was the only other debut to reach the top 10, hitting No. 7 on sales of almost 107,000. Two Epic artists debuted in the top 20: Cam’ron’s “S.D.E.” sold more than 73,000 copies to land at No. 14; and Fuel’s “Something Like Human” pumped out sales of 60,000 to stop at No. 17.

Barbra Streisand, whose final tour of four concerts began last week, sold 51,000 units of her Columbia disc “Timeless: Live in Concert” to take the No. 21 spot.

“Selmasongs” (Elektra), Bjork’s album of songs from Lars Von Trier’s film “Dancer in the Dark,” went home with 31,000 fans. The film opened last week in New York and will expand Oct. 6.

Last week’s top album, LL Cool J’s “G.O.A.T.” (Def Jam), slipped to No. 5 on sales of 126,000. Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP” (Interscope) held steady at No. 3 on sales of nearly 131,000 as did 3 Doors Down in ninth place with its Universal album “Better Life” selling 95,000 units.

Week’s biggest gainer was the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out,” which has become the official theme song of the National League West champions, the San Francisco Giants. The Artemis disc sold nearly 84,000 copies, a sales spike of more than 20,000 units. Also experiencing a steep increase was the “Almost Famous” soundtrack (DreamWorks), which leaped 67 spaces to land at No. 69. Its sales of 20,000 represented an increase of 11,000 from last week.

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