Compilation elation for 'Now 22,' 'Kidz'
“Now 22″ reclaimed the top slot on the nation’s album sales chart, selling 1,400 more copies than DMX’s “Year of the Dog Again” (Columbia).Columbia release “Now 22″ sold 127,000 copies in its fourth week, bringing its cume to 883,000. Last week it was displaced by LeToya’s self-titled debut on Capitol, which slid No. 5 on a 61% sales slide. “Year of the Dog Again” is DMX’s sixth disc and the first to hit No. 1. Album sold 126,000 copies to take No. 2. One slot lower was “Kidz Bop 10,” which posted the biggest sales week in the kid music series’ history. Razor & Tie collection of youths singing contempo hits sold 117,000 in its opening sesh, besting “Kidz Bop 9″ by 19,000 units sold. “Kidz Bop” is starting to reach beyond its two releases per year by adding a national tour at the end of year and, this summer, launching a Club Kidz Bop concert at Six Flags amusement parks. Stone Sour, which features members of Slipknot, saw their second album “Come What(Ever) May” (Roadrunner) sell 81,000 in its debut week. Album was buoyed by the radio hit “Through Glass.” Five for Fighting’s third album “Two Lights” (Columbia) gave John Ondrasik and his band their first top 10 album. “Two Lights” sold 52,000 copies and debuted at No. 8. Other debuts included G. Love’s “Lemonade” (Brushfire) at No. 39, selling 19,000, and the Pink Spiders’ first disc for Suretone/Geffen, “Teenage Graffiti,” which sold 11,000 and opened at No. 84. It was a particularly good week for Columbia Records, which had four albums in the top 20. It was the only Sony BMG label with any discs in the top 20.