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'O Brother' tops again; B2K bows at No. 2

A quiet week for album sales helped the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack extend its long-awaited tenure at No. 1 into a second week, but teen-pop act B2K nipped at the oldsters’ heels with a solid second-place bow.

“O Brother” (Lost Highway) scanned just under 149,000 copies, according to data compiled by SoundScan. That’s about 10,000 units shy of last week’s showing, but sufficient to push the album to more than 4.5 million in total sales. “O Brother” has been boosted of late by a strong showing at the Grammys, where it racked up five awards.

Pre-fab pop still alive, well

B2K’s eponymous debut on Epic Records dealt a setback to the chorus of music pundits declaring the death of pre-fab pop, sending almost 109,000 records out the door in its first week of release. The group got a taste of full- fledged bubble-gum stardom earlier this week when rabid fans overran an in-store autograph session at a California mall, briefly forcing a shutdown of the entire building.

Country fans were a little more composed but no less enthusiastic in snapping up releases from acts that received award nominations from the Academy of Country Music last week. Several acts moved ahead in the charts after getting the nod.

Jackson moves to 3rd

Alan Jackson, who is up for four ACM awards including album of the year, moved up two spots to third with “Drive” (Arista), boosting sales by 11% to 96,000. Record has sold more than 1.5 million copies to date.

Meanwhile, “Pull My Chain” (DreamWorks) from Toby Keith and Tim McGraw’s “Set This Circus Down” (Curb Records) moved up 13 and seven places, respectively. Keith received a grand total of six ACM nods, McGraw four.

The compilation disc “Totally Country” (BNA) also benefited, advancing seven spots to 36. Record includes tracks from several ACM nominees, including Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio and Travis Tritt.

Good debut for ‘Evil’

Other strong debuts this week included the film soundtrack to vidgame adaptation “Resident Evil” (Roadrunner) at 24, “This Is the Remix” (Columbia) from Destiny’s Child at 29 and the latest effort from folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, “Become You” (Epic), at 30.

Next week could see high debuts for the “Blade II” soundtrack, which features collaborations from several dance and hip-hop veterans, as well as the debut of Stevie Wonder-esque R&B singer Glenn Lewis and new material from incarcerated rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

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