Rapper’s boffo bow

Master P's disc smashes Pumpkins in debut

Rapper Master P nabbed his second chart-topping disc in less than a year with his latest No Limit/Priority Records album, “MP Da Last Don,” amassing more than 499,000 in sales.

The tally was more than double the second-bestselling album in the nation, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Virgin Records disc “Adore,” which logged more than 175,000 in sales, according to data released Wednesday.

“We fully expected, once we knew that Master P was being released on the same day as the Smashing Pumpkins, that it was going to be tough (to get No. 1),” Ray Cooper, co-prexy of Virgin Records, told Daily Variety. “But the (Pumpkins’) album is a long-term campaign for us and we’ve always felt that the album is one that will be selling over the next 12 to 18 months. (The debut) at No. 2 was not a surprise.”

Enter the rapper

The entrance of the rapper — whose real name is Percy Miller and who stars in the direct-to-video pic with the same title as the disc — and the Pumpkins put EMD, the music distribution arm of conglom EMI, in the sales spotlight. P’s “Ghetto D” logged 260,000 copies in September.

EMD has four of the industry’s top-10 selling albums, including the red-hot “Hope Floats” soundtrack.

The Capitol Records disc, which rose nine slots to No. 5 on 116,000 in sales, joined Garth Brooks’ boxed set “The Limited Series,” (released on the label’s Music City arm) on EMD’s list, covering the period ended June 7.

At No. 3 was the soundtrack to “City of Angels,” which topped the sales chart last week, with sales of more than 165,000 copies.

The Warner-Sunset disc, which was one of three soundtracks landing in the top 10, posted a nearly 4,000-unit boost and was one of five albums in the top 10 to do so.

Godzilla on decline

At No. 4 was the Epic/Sony Music Soundtrack disc “Godzilla” with a nearly 20,000-unit decline over the previous week.

The country outposts of MCA Records and Arista proved that two record companies are better than one by delivering impressive debuts from Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, respectively.

The labels have teamed in an unprecedented marketing campaign to tout the two discs, which share the same single “If You See Him/Her” and are similarly titled.

McEntire, whose disc checked in at No. 8 on sales of 93,000 copies, appears on the B&D offering; while the boot-scootin’ duo’s album bowed at No. 11 with 87,000 albums.

While soundtracks are the discs du jour, racking up impressive sales, the ebullience didn’t spread to the soundtrack to the “X-Files.”

Few of the more than 25 million weekly viewers of the Fox TV series snapped up the Elektra Entertainment disc to the upcoming film.

The album bowed at a lackluster No. 31. By contrast, the soundtrack to the Fox TV series “Ally McBeal” bowed at No. 7.

Other noteworthy debuts include Gloria Estefan’s heavily promoted Epic Records album “Gloria,” checking in at No. 23; while Rod Stewart’s latest Warner Bros. disc “When We Were the New Boys” registered an anemic 33,000 copies.

The departure of Geri (Ginger Spice) Halliwell from the Spice Girls didn’t dampen consumers’ interest in the group; its Virgin Records sophomore disc “Spice World” posted a 26,000-unit uptick during the first full week in the wake of Ginger’s exit.