‘Angels’ track tops

'Godzilla' in 2nd as overall music sales decline

The soundtrack to the Warner Bros. film “City of Angels” was the bestselling album in the nation on sales of more than 165,000 copies. The Warner-Sunset Records disc was one of four soundtracks landing in the top 10 for the period ended May 31, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Overall sales slowed considerably from the previous week, as only the chart’s top three albums logged six-figure tallies, compared to recent listings where the top 10 albums typically boasted those numbers.

“The success of the ‘Angels’ album demonstrates that when the music plays such an integral part in the film’s story and as a result creates an emotional pull, audiences are moved to go out and buy the album,” Gary LeMel, prexy/CEO of Warner-Sunset, told Daily Variety.

‘Angels’ sells

More than 1.3 million copies of the disc have been sold in its eight weeks of release, buoyed by its two top-selling singles, Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited” and Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.”

The soundtrack to “Godzilla” nabbed the No. 2 spot on sales of nearly 150,000 copies. Sales of the Sony Music Soundtrax/Epic Records disc were boosted by 8,000 units over the previous week, thanks to the widespread presence of the Wallflowers’ version of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

Label marketers release today “Come With Me,” the disc’s second single, which features Puff Daddy and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page sampling the riffs from “Kashmir” for the new track.

At No. 3 was the previous week’s chart leader Def Jam Records rapper DMX. His “It’s Dark & Hell is Hot” debut dropped three slots.

Garth rocks

Garth Brooks’ Capitol Nashville boxed set “The Limited Series” rose a pair of notches to No. 4 on sales action of more than 90,000 copies, despite posting a 30,000 unit decline from the previous chart listing.

The country phenom is also getting exposure from his presence on the “Hope Floats” soundtrack — which rose 26 slots to No. 14 — by warbling the Capitol disc’s lead-off track, Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.”

Other notable performers include the soundtrack to the Fox-TV series “Ally McBeal,” which dropped one berth to No. 8. The 550 Records/Sony Music Soundtrax holds steady in the list’s top 10 following its bow at No. 7 four weeks ago.

And the indomitable soundtrack to “Titanic,” rose two notches to No. 10 on sales of more than 125,000 copies.