Eve strips Dixie Chicks of No. 1 spot on chart

Backstreet holds second spot, Aguilera follows

With mambo, rap, former Mouseketeers and an ex-stripper in the top 10, you can’t say the album charts are lacking in diversity.

Rap star Eve, an ex-ecdysiast from the Bronx, owned the bestselling album in the nation, according to sales data released Wednesday. Nearly 215,000 copies of “Let There Be Eve — First Lady of the Ruff Ryders” disc were sold during its debut week.

The stellar bow of the Interscope Records disc helped push last week’s chart topper, the Dixie Chicks, down three slots to No. 4.

The top 10 albums list for the period ended Sept. 19 remained largely unchanged from the previous week.

Industry action softened slightly over the previous list with a little more than 13 million units sold during the period, compared to nearly 13.5 million during the sesh ended Sept. 12.

With five discs in the top 10, BMG elevated its current album market share to nearly 22% for the week. Industry leader Universal Music Group owned 25.2%, Sony nabbed 14.8%, followed by Warner’s 13.8% and EMI’s 8.1%.

“Millennium” from the Backstreet Boys held steady at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, with more than 170,000 copies of the Jive Records disc going home with fans.

The self-titled RCA Records debut from former Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera held steady at No. 3 for the second week on sales action of more than 170,000 copies. The tally reps a 10,000-unit drop from the previous week.

The Dixie Chicks, who appeared in Sheryl Crow’s concert in Central Park which aired live and had several repeats on HBO, saw their “Fly” slide to No. 4.

Santana’s Arista Records album “Supernatural” slipped a berth to No. 5 on sales north of 145,000 copies, an almost 10,000 unit tally ahead of the No. 6 disc, Kid Rock’s Atlantic Records bow “Devil Without a Cause.”

Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other” held steady at No. 7 on sales action topping 117,000 copies, a 3,000 unit decline for the Flip/Interscope disc, but 700 copies ahead of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.”

Spears, another former Mouseketeer, saw her debut slip two slots to No. 8.

Lou Bega’s RCA bow “Little Bit of Mambo” ascended three rungs to No. 9 on sales of more than 95,000, a 15,000 increase over the previous chart.

The disc’s lead-off single “Mambo No. 5” is gaining widening airplay on the nation’s Top 40 outlets.

Ricky Martin’s self-titled English-language C2/Columbia Records disc fell from the Top 10 for the first time since its bow 19 weeks ago and was replaced by Wu Tang Clan alum Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

ODB’s Elektra Entertainment disc “Nigga Please” debuted at No. 10 on sales action of more than 90,000 copies.