McBride, Midler have surprising bows amidst newbies
This article was updated at 7:38 p.m.
OutKast’s “Speakerboxx/The Love Below” bested four debuts that made it into the top 10 — albums from Da Band, Sting, Dido and Martina McBride — to remain at No. 1 for the second week despite a drop of 54%.
The two-CD Arista set sold nearly 235,000 copies for the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Three new entries followed the rap duo’s effort. “Too Hot for T.V.” (Bad Boy) by Da Band, the group Sean Combs assembled on MTV’s “Making the Band,” debuted at No. 2 with 204,000 copies sold. Da Band topped the debut of the last MTV prefab act, O-Town, by more than 50,000 units.
Sting’s “Sacred Love” (A&M) bowed at No. 3 on sales of 194,000 copies. His last album, 1999’s “Brand New Day,” took more than a year to make it to the upper reaches of the charts.
Dido’s “Life for Rent” (Arista) sold 191,000 units to reach No. 4. Album scorched the U.K. charts last week, selling 400,000 copies on its way to No. 1.
Country singer Martina McBride’s “Martina” (RCA) sold 122,600 copies, a career best, to land at No. 7. Bette Midler had her highest debut in 13 years with “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook” (Columbia), which parked itself at No. 14 on sales of more than 70,000 units.
Hot as the debuts were, sales of the top 25 albums were down 27% from the previous week. Compared with last year’s comparable week, top-25 sales are up 6%. Besides Outkast’s slide, Dave Matthews’s “Some Devil” dropped to No. 5 on sales of 154,000, a 67% dip, and Limp Bizkit’s “Results May Vary,” at No. 6 on sales of 127,000, dropped 61%.
Other debuts included Gary Allan’s “See if I Care” (MCA Nashville) at No. 17, 57,000 sold; Ill Nino’s “Confession” (Roadrunner), No. 37, 28,000; Luis Miguel’s “33” (WEA Latina), No. 43, 25,000; and Bonnie Raitt’s “Best of” (Capitol), No. 47, nearly 23,000.
Sony and Universal released sets related to the seven-film “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” earlier in September, but the films aired last week on PBS. Eleven of the top 15 blues albums were related to the films, and the overall soundtrack collection logged its fifth straight week at No. 1.