Pepper disc is hot enough

'Stadium' stays at No. 1 despite 65% drop

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ninth studio album may have cooled in its second week to the tune of 65% fewer records sold, but the two-CD, Rick Rubin-produced “Stadium Arcadium” (Warner Bros.) retained the top slot for the period ended Sunday, moving another 157,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rapper Cam’ron’s latest, “Killa Season” (Asylum), clocked in at No. 2, selling 114,000 discs in its first week. Sales are considerably less than his 2002 effort “Come Home With Me” (first-week sales of 226,000) and modestly less than 2004’s “Purple Haze” (123,000 first week), both on the Roc-A-Fella Records label.

Two other bows cracked the top 10 in a relatively quiet week: “Soundtrack to Your Life” (Blackground/Universal), former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel’s attempt to continue a music career (one created and chronicled by reality TV), took the No. 5 spot with 72,000 units; and “Broken Boy Soldiers” (V2), the debut album from the Raconteurs, led by Brendan Benson and the White Stripes’ Jack White, marched into seventh with 61,000 discs sold.

Holding their No. 3 and No. 6 positions, respectively, from last week were cryptic rock group Tool’s “10,000 Days” (Volcano), with 83,000 copies, and country trio Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang” (Lyric Street/Hollywood), 64,000.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 9, Nick Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me” (Jive) dropped 66% on 58,000 sold, while Pearl Jam’s self-titled J Records album dipped from No. 8 to 10th at 54,000 in its third week.

The Disney soundtrack to “High School Musical” and the latest installment of “NOW! That’s What I Call Music” (UME) rounded out the top 10 as the only discs to move up in position while selling fewer discs than last week. Former jumped to No. 4 from No. 7 (82,000 copies); latter rose from ninth to eighth (60,000).

Two Island releases — Christina Milian’s third album “So Amazin’ ” at No. 11 and “Every Man for Himself” from Hoobastank at No. 12 — were the only other notable bows, each selling 50,000 discs.

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