Beatles' '1' is 2nd, bumping 'J. Lo' to 4th

NEW YORK — Shaggy hung on to his hard-earned No. 1 spot in the album charts for the second week in a row, just one of a number of chart veterans who made their presence known with strong sales gains this week.

Artist’s MCA release “Hotshot” shifted 245,778 units in the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan. The figure, exactly 1,000 better than the previous week’s, pushed the Jamaican-born dancehall impresario to north of 3 million copies sold to date — a full 27 weeks after “Hotshot” entered the charts.

Sales of the Beatles’ “1” (Capitol/Apple) slipped a bit, but the record still managed to move back up into second place, bumping Jennifer Lopez’s “J. Lo” (Epic) unceremoniously into the fourth spot.

Shaggy’s wasn’t the only album enjoying chart longevity this week. “No Angel,” the debut Arista release of alt-pop singer Dido, held strong in sixth place and actually showed a 7% gain in sales.

A big ‘Thank You’

Album has ridden a steady wave of popularity in its 38 weeks on the top 200, thanks to a combination of radio support, word-of-mouth and a high-profile sample of her song “Thank You” by a certain potty-mouthed rapper.

“We worked (early single) ‘Here With Me’ for about a year with some success,” said a member of Arista’s radio promotion department. “Then we got a boost when Eminem sampled ‘Thank You’ for ‘Stan,’ and when we went for adds with the actual song it just took off.”

A number of other old hands on the music charts made solid gains as well. Sade’s first release in nearly a decade, “Lover’s Rock” (Epic), moved up five spots to eighth place, selling an impressive 90,000 copies after three months in the top 200. And Philadelphia-based singer/slam poet Jill Scott’s “Who Is Jill Scott?” (Epic) moved up a notch to 27 with a 3,000-copy sales gain in its 30th week.

Making its way almost stealthily up the rankings over the past few weeks was the bluegrass-themed soundtrack to the Coen Bros. comedy “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Mercury Nashville), which moved ahead four places to 19 this week.

Soggy Bottom Boys rise

The video for “O Brother’s” first single, “Man of Constant Sorrow,” is the fastest mover on Country Music Television’s playlist and the album has sold more than 272,000 copies to date with virtually no radio airplay.

The top debut on this week’s chart was Capitol Records’ compilation of artists nominated for the 2001 Grammys, which bowed at No. 29 on sales of almost 46,000, followed by roots-country group Diamond Rio’s “One More Day” (Arista) at 36.

Meanwhile, Rod Stewart’s first Atlantic Records effort, “Human,” opened at a somewhat tepid 50th place, moving slightly more than 33,000 copies.

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