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'Nasty' holds at No. 1, 'Armageddon' in 2nd

The Beastie Boys’ “Hello Nasty” maintained its perch atop the album sales charts for the third consecutive week.

More than 240,000 copies of the Capitol Records disc were sold during the seven-day period ended Sunday, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Though sales of the disc fell by 72,000 copies, its tally pushed it into platinum territory. More than 1.2 million copies of the disc have been sold since its recent bow.

The Beastie Boys were among a handful of hip-hop albums gracing the upper rungs of last week’s chart, which included bows from Jermaine Dupri, Wu-Tang Killa Bees and newcomer Cam’ron. But save for Dupri, those discs have fallen from the top 10.

‘Armageddon’ hangs on

At No. 2 was the soundtrack to “Armageddon,” marking its third week in the slot.

The Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax disc went home with nearly 220,000 consumers, putting it close to the Beastie Boys.

The soundtrack to “City of Angels” nabbed a two-slot boost and advanced to No. 3 on sales of 116,000 copies.

The Warner-Sunset/Reprise Records soundtrack is still racking up strong sales and has logged 2.6 million in sales since its bow 18 weeks ago.

The fifth spot was held by the Atlantic Records soundtrack to “Dr. Dolittle,” with sales topping 100,000copies.

Other notable discs include the eagerly awaited live disc from Mary J. Blige, which bowed at No. 21 on sales action of 52,000 copies.

The MCA Records disc “Tour” is benefiting from a strong set-up by label marketers.

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