HOLLYWOOD — Four of the week’s top five albums are new releases, with the ninth edition of the “Wow” hits collection from Universal Music Enterprises taking the No. 1 spot on sales of 419,000 units.
The Jay Z/R. Kelly duet album “Best of Both Worlds” (Def Jam) sold 223,000 to take the second slot for the week that ended Sunday, according to Soundscan figures.
Glenn Lewis’ debut “World Outside My Window” (Epic) and Jimmy Buffett’s 31st album “Far Side of the World” (Mailboat) took spots four and five on sales of 85,000 and 78,000 respectively.
Last week’s top earner, the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack (Lost Highway), slipped to the third spot on sales of 132,000.
Other notable debuts included the “Blade II” soundtrack (Immortal) at No. 26 on nearly 44,000 units moved; Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones” (D3) sold 35,000 to hit No. 33; and country artist Darren Hayes moved 33,000 copies of his Columbia disc “Spin” to reach No. 35.
Elton John’s “Songs From the West Coast” (Universal) passed the 500,000 mark and reappeared in the top 200, landing at 181.
Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory,” Alan Jackson’s “Drive” and Ludacris’ “Word of Mouf” continue to hold steady in the top 10, which could feel a shakeup next week as first-week sales figures arrive for new discs from Marc Anthony and Celine Dion plus a new “WWF Smackdown” compilation.