Mariah’s ‘Mimi’ tops

Disc displaces Audioslave, System of a Down

While the music industry waits to see how many albums Coldplay can sell in one week, Mariah Carey returns to the top of the nation’s album sales chart.

“The Emancipation of Mimi” (Island Def Jam), which has sold 1.7 million copies in eight weeks, moved 171,000 copies last week, far outpacing System of a Down’s “Mezmerize” and last week’s chart topper, Audioslave’s “Out of Exile.”

“Mezmerize” (Columbia) moved up two slots to No. 2, selling 118,000 copies. Audioslave’s sophomore effort dipped to third place on sales of 99,000.

Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson were the only artists in the top 10 to see sales spikes. Stefani’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” (Interscope) sold 83,000 units to reach No. 5; the “American Idol” champ’s second album, “Breakaway” (RCA), scooted up five slots to No. 9 on sales of 69,0000. Both records saw boosts of 7,000 copies each.

Oasis, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., opened at No. 12 in the U.S. “Don’t Believe the Truth” (Epic) sold 65,000, the band’s best launch since 1997’s “Be Here Now.”

The Kottonmouth Kings’ self-titled disc on Suburban Noize sold 20,000 copies in its opening stanza, and Better Than Ezra sold 14,000 copies of “Before the Robots” (Artemis) to start at No. 84.

Next week’s tally will be a major breath of fresh air for the music industry, which is stuck at about 8% behind 2004’s sales figures to date. Coldplay’s “X&Y” is on track to pass 600,000 in sales; the Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business” is projected for more than 200,000; and the White Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan” and Shakira’s “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1” are expected to duke it out for the No. 3 slot, at around 150,000 in sales.

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