Dixie Chicks rule roost for second week

MTV kudocast boosts sales

Country music ensemble the Dixie Chicks owned the best-selling album in the nation for the second consecutive week, according to sales data released Wednesday.

More than 203,000 copies of the band’s sophomore Monument/Sony disc “Fly” were sold, though the tally represented a 38,000-unit decline from the previous week.

Several acts appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards posted gains, such as Korn, Ricky Martin and Kid Rock, while the Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” didn’t move more albums, but ascended a slot. The Jive Records release rose to No. 2 by posting sales of 182,000 units, beating out Christina Aguilera’s self-titled RCA Records bow, which slipped a notch to No. 3. Fewer than 9,000 copies separated the two discs.

The two albums helped the current album market share of distributor BMG approach 21%, which trailed the 24.5% nabbed by industry leader Universal Music Group. Sony owned 16.6%, followed by Warner’s nearly 13% and EMI’s 7.7%.

Industry action dropped 8% over the previous list, with more than 13.5 million units being sold during the period ended Sept. 12, compared with nearly 14.6 million units moved during the week-prior period. There was also only one debut in the Top 100.

Santana’s Arista Records album “Supernatural” held steady at No. 4 for the second week on sales action of more than 139,000 copies. By doing so, it squeaked past Kid Rock’s Atlantic Records disc “Devil Without a Cause,” which rose two slots to No. 5.

Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” held steady at No. 6 for the third week on sales of more than 126,000 copies.

‘Significant’ presence

Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other” slid two slots to No. 7 on sales north of 120,000 copies, a 10,000-unit decline for the Flip/Interscope disc.

Martin’s self-titled English-language C2/Columbia Records bow rose a berth to No. 8 on sales north of 103,000 units, a 4,000-unit uptick. The Latin heartthrob picked up a VMA award and performed on the telecast.

Universal Records’ Juvenile returned to the Top 10 with a three-slot ascension of its “400 Degreez” debut. More than 84,000 copies went home with fans.

The second installment in the “Now” compilation series rose a notch to No. 10 on sales topping 80,000 units. The Virgin Records disc topped 800,000 units sold through to fans in its seventh week.