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‘Voodoo’ works its magic on CD charts

Lox, Dr. Dre remain in Top 10

R&B singer-songwriter D’Angelo saw his long-awaited sophomore effort “Voodoo” (Virgin) debut as the bestselling album in the nation, moving more than 320,000 copies in its first week of release, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Lox’s “We Are the Streets” (Interscope) also debuted in the top five, selling more than 150,000 units.

The rest of the Top 10 remained unchanged, although Dr. Dre’s “Dr. Dre 2001” (Interscope/Aftermath) was up more than 13,000 units — the biggest single increase of the week’s sales period, which ended Jan. 30.

Dazzling debuts

Other notable debuts were Guy’s “III” for MCA (more than 67,000 units), the “Scream 3” film soundtrack on Wind-up/BMG (more than 39,000 units), Three 6 Mafia/Hypnotize C’s “Three 6 Mafia Presents Hypnotize C” on Loud (more than 37,000 units) and Anne Murray’s “What a Wonderful World” on Chordant/EMD (more than 35,000 units).

Aside from Dr. Dre, the biggest sales increases came from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Californication” (Warner Bros.), Angie Stone’s “Black Diamond” (Arista), and the soundtracks to HBO’s “The Sopranos” (Columbia) and New Line’s “Magnolia” film (Warner Bros.), all of which moved roughly 4,000 copies more than last week.

Universal Music Group retained the greatest share of this week’s current album market (29.7%), followed by Sony (18.7%), BMG (17.5%), Warner (11.9%) and EMI (10.4%).

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