The Warner Sunset Records soundtrack to “City of Angels” was the week’s bestselling album in the nation, with more than 169,000 copies going home with consumers, according to sales data released Wednesday.
The summertime sales malaise was evident in the June 16-22 numbers: only the top-five discs nabbed six-figure tallies, and just eight of the top 25 discs (and 16 of the top 50) logged increases from the previous chart.
Among those rising, however, was the “Angels” soundtrack, which is being helped by radio play for two singles: the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” and Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited,” her return to the airwaves since tracks from her megadisc “Jagged Little Pill.”
The Father’s Day holiday likely helped some albums register slight upticks — such as Shania Twain’s Mercury Nashville disc “Come On Over,” which rose a slot to No. 9 on sales of 91,000 copies.
“The months of May and June are typically the slowest of the year,” Henry Droz, prexy of Universal Music and Video Distribution, told Daily Variety. “Sales usually slow right after school lets out, but we’re expecting they will pick up in July.”
For the third week in a row, three soundtracks held court in the chart’s top 10 — “Angels,” “Hope Floats” and “Godzilla” — helping to make 10 such discs in the chart’s top 50.
At No. 2 was “Never Say Never,” the latest from singer-actress Brandy with a 153,000-copy total for the Atlantic Records disc.
Rapper Master P slid two berths to No. 3 on sales of 152,000 copies of his No Limit/Priority Records album, “MP Da Last Don.” Though the tally was off by 52,000 copies, such a drop is not uncommon for rap releases.
Capitol Records’ “Hope Floats” rose a notch to No. 4 on sales of 115,000 copies and gave Garth Brooks, whose warbling of the Bob Dylan song “To Make You Love Me” leads the disc, a presence on two albums in the top 10. Brooks’ Capitol Nashville boxed set “The Limited Series” held steady at No. 6 for the second consecutive week and logged 96,000 copies.
Dropping a notch to No. 5 was the Epic/Sony Music Soundtrack disc “Godzilla” with a 109,000 unit tally representing a 13,000 unit slide over the previous week.
Notable bows include the 550/Sony Music Soundtrax disc to “Hav Plenty,” No. 39 on sales of 37,000; and Brian Wilson’s Giant Records bow “Imagination” entering the chart at No. 88 on 17,000 in sales.