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Sales point to Nelly ‘Country’

Spears does it again

Aside from a new entry, DJ Clue’s “Backstage Mixtape” (Def Jam/Universal), the top 10 albums slumped last week from the previous sales period, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday.

Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Universal) retains the No. 1 spot on sales of more than 200,000, a dip of 13,000 from the previous week. Britney Spears’ soph Jive release “Oops … I Did It Again” continues its stranglehold on the second slot, with sales of more than 154,000, which marks a dip of 18,000 copies sold in the previous week. Sales figures are for the week ended Sunday.

In the top 50, only seven discs posted gains on sales for the week ended Aug. 27.

The arrival of DJ Clue pushed Wyclef Jean’s “Ecleftic — 2 Sides to a Book” (Columbia) out of the top 10, and landed at No. 6 on sales of almost 113,000. Other debuts included Do or Die’s “Victory” (Virgin) at No. 13 on sales of 58,000; Sarah Brightman’s “La Luna” (Angel) sold 50,500 to land at No. 16; and 2gether’s second disc, “Again,” sold 42,000-plus to land the TVT disc at No. 26.

Beyond “Backstage,” inspired by the movie released Wednesday, “Coyote Ugly” was the bestselling soundtrack (almost 77,000 copies), landing at No. 10. The Baha Men’s Sheridan Square/Artemis disc “Who Let the Dogs Out” was the week’s biggest gainer, posting a leap of more than 8,000 units to get them to No. 24 on the sales chart.

Universal leads in market share with 31.1%, followed by BMG, 16.4%; WEA, 13.2%; Sony, 12.7%; and EMD, 8.8%.

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