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‘Unpredictable’ hit

Foxx's album hangs atop sales chart

Jamie Foxx’s “Unpredictable” (J Records) held onto the top slot on the nation’s album sales chart despite dipping 34% from the previous week.

“Unpredictable” sold 131,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which is reporting a cume of 931,000 for Foxx’s album.

Gotham rockers the Strokes posted the only top-50 debut, selling 88,000 copies of “First Impressions of Earth” (RCA) and landing at No. 4.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” (RCA) jumped four slots to No. 8 on sales of 64,000, giving Sony BMG’s RCA Records Group four albums in the top 10.

Albums in the top 100 all saw drops in sales, but those that came closest to holding steady saw dramatic jumps in chart positions. James Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam” (Atlantic) rose 14 slots to No. 14 on sales of 43,000; Shakira’s “Oral Fixation Vol. 2” (Columbia) shot up 11 spaces to No. 36, selling 26,000; and Ricky Nelson’s “Greatest Hits” (Capitol) traveled 46 spaces to No. 56 on sales of 19,000.

The soundtrack to “Brokeback Mountain” (Verve Forecast), which features the music of Gustavo Santoalalla, saw its best week, selling 6,000 copies to hit No. 190.

The bottom reaches of the chart also reveal the gurgling produced at retail by critics’ year-end list. Seeing bumps last week were My Morning Jacket’s “Z” (ATO), Imogen Heap’s “Speak for Yourself” (RCA) and Sufjan Stevens’ “Illinois” (Asthmatic Kitty), each of which sold 6,000 copies.

Sales period, the first complete chart week of 2006, bested the same week last year by 7%.

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