'Weathered' remains in top spot for six consecutive weeks

HOLLYWOOD — Creed continues to dominate the albums sales charts as the Christmas balloon burst in a hurry — the soundtrack to “Ali” was the only disc in the top 100 to post a gain in the week that ended Sunday.

“Weathered,” Creed’s third album for Wind-up, sold nearly 398,000 units, according to Soundscan. Disc has occupied the No. 1 slot for six consecutive weeks, and it’s unlikely anything on the January slates will knock it from its perch. Warners act Linkin Park, however, has proved a steady warrior, moving up five spots to No. 5 as 263,000 copies of “Hybrid Theory” were scanned.

Def Jam/Universal rappers Ludacris and Ja Rule made similar leaps in the rankings. Ludacris’ “Word of Mouf” moved up 12 slots to No. 4 on sales of 228,000; “Pain Is Love,” Ja Rule’s disc, sprung to No. 8 from No. 20 on sales of 184,000. Britney Spears’ “Britney” slid out of the top 10 for the first time since it was released eight weeks ago, slipping to No. 12 on sales of 180,000.

Nickelback’s “Silver Side Up,” Usher’s “8701,” Enya’s “Day Without Rain,” Nas’ “Stillmatic” and Pink’s “Missundaztood” round out the top 10.

A handful of soundtracks crept into the lower ranks of the top 20 as discs for the films “Orange County” (Columbia), “Not Another Teen Movie” (Warners), “Wash” (Interscope) and “Training Day” (Priority) sold between 15,000-17,000 copies each.

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