‘X&Y’ fixed in first

Coldplay stays on top despite hefty decline

As the bestselling albums see sales slide, Coldplay’s “X&Y” (Capitol) held on to the No. 1 slot despite a 42% sales dip from last week.

Disc remained in the top spot for the third week in a row, selling 186,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to estimates by Nielsen SoundScan.

Mariah Carey’s “Anticipation of Mimi” (Island), the Foo Fighters’ “In Your Honor” (RCA) and Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business” (A&M) held the next three slots, respectively, despite dips of 19%, 63% and 33%.

Albums by Toby Keith, Gwen Stefani, Shakira and Fat Joe all dropped out of the top 10 to make way for newcomers.

Boyz N Da Hood, the latest band from Sean Combs’ Bad Boy empire, saw their debut, “Dem Boyz,” open at No. 5 on sales of 101,000. A space lower was Keyshia Cole’s A&M/Interscope debut, “The Way It Is,” which sold 88,000.

Columbia’s collection of the Offspring’s “Greatest Hits” debuted at No. 8, selling 70,000 copies. Rapper Birdman, aka the co-CEO of Cash Money Bryan “Baby” Williams, sold 65,000 copies of “Fast Money” (Cash Money/UMRG) to take No. 9. Williams has recorded under several names and was a member of the Big Tymers.

Other debuts include Patti LaBelle’s “Classic Moments” (Def Soul) selling 37,000 units (No. 25); Atlantic Records rockers the Transplants’ “Haunted Cities” sold 34,000 (No. 28); former Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan sold 32,000 copies of “TheFutureEmbrace” (Warners) to enter the charts at No. 30; Master P’s “Ghetto Bill” (Koch) sold 25,000 (No. 39); and Dropkick Murphys’ latest Hellcat release, “Warrior’s Code,” sold 20,000 to bow at 48.

The U.S. release of a TLC hits compilation that had been available only overseas, “Now & Forever” (La face), sold 18,000 copies in its first week, debuting at 53. UPN’s show to find a replacement for the late Lisa Lopes in TLC, “R U the Girl?,” will debut July 27.

It’s likely Coldplay will soon be bucked out of the top slot by George Strait’s new disc from Mercury Nashville, “Somewhere Down in Texas.”

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