This article was updated at 6:45 p.m.
The top-selling six discs in the country were all debuts for the week ending Sunday, led by Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (Arista/La Face), which sold more than 509,000 copies.
The two-CD rap collection bested new releases from rockers Dave Matthews, Limp Bizkit and Nickelback; a hits collection from R&B singer R. Kelly; and rapper Obie Trice’s debut disc. Outkast’s sixth album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” comprises one disc each by group members Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and Andre “3000” Benjamin. Strong as its sales were, it did not hit the 526,000 copies sold that previous disc “Stankonia” did in October 2000. “Stankonia” has sold about 3.9 million units.
“This is a monumental achievement for Outkast, and a milestone event for everyone associated with Andre and Big Boi’s success over the past decade,” Arista Records president-CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid said.
Matthews, who celebrated the release of his first solo album, “Some Devil” (RCA), with a free concert in Central Park, sold 469,000 copies to take second place. Limp Bizkit, with its first album of new material in three years, saw its “Results May Very” (Interscope) move 325,000 copies.
At No. 4, R. Kelly’s “R in R&B Collection — Vol. 1” (Jive) sold 250,000-plus, followed by Eminem protege Trice’s “Cheers” (Shady/Interscope), which sold nearly 226,000.
Nickelback’s “The Long Road” (Roadrunner) sold 200,000 copies and hit No. 6. In two weeks, the alt-metal act will begin a tour of the South and East Coast.
Nelly cohort Murphy Lee landed at No. 8 as “Murphy’s Law” (Universal) sold 134,000 copies.
Last week’s top seller, DMX’s “Grand Champ” (Def Jam), saw a sales drop of more than 50%, landing at No. 7 on sales of 150,000.
BMG was the big winner, as it distributes three of the top five titles.
Other significant debuts came from Rob Zombie’s “Past Present & Future” (Geffen) with 94,000 sold (No. 11); “Natural Selection” by Fuel (Epic) at almost 71,000 (No. 15); Anthony Hamilton’s “Comin’ From Where I’m From” (Arista) sold 33,000 (No. 33); Pantera’s hits collection, “Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits” (Elektra/Rhino), which moved almost 29,000 units (No. 38); and Gloria Estefan’s “Unwrapped” (Epic), which sold 28,0000 (No. 39).
Elvis Costello’s “North,” which appears on Universal’s classical imprint Deutsche Grammophon and was promoted in a “Live by Request” perf on cabler A&E, sold 21,000 units, a mere 41 more than Emmylou Harris’ “Stumble Into Grace” (Nonesuch). Rufus Wainwright’s “Want One” (DreamWorks) was right behind those two at No. 60 on sales of 20,000 plus.
Week’s biggest gainer was the soundtrack to “The Fighting Temptations” (Columbia), which rose 12,000 units to 47,000 and moved up to No. 19.