‘Country’ comfort found in the top 10

'Oops!,' Britney does it again for second place

For the third straight week, male rapper Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Fo’ Reel/Universal) topped the national music charts, shifting more than 213,000 units in the week ending Sunday, according to sales data released Wednesday.

And for the sixth straight week, Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive) held the place position, selling more than 172,000 copies.

In fact, the remainder of the top eight albums on the chart — Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope); the current hits collection “Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 4” (Universal Music Enterprises); Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-up/Universal); ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” (Jive); 3 Doors Down’s “Better Life” (Republic/Universal); and Papa Roach’s “Infest” (DreamWorks) — also maintained the same positions as they did last week, all selling more than 97,000 copies.

The week’s top debut was ex-Fugees member Wyclef Jean’s sophomore solo album, “Ecleftic — 2 Sides II a Book” (Columbia), which sold more than 95,000 units and landed in the ninth spot.

Winning ‘Ugly’

The other newcomer to this week’s top 10 was the soundtrack to “Coyote Ugly” (Curb/Atlantic), which also racked up the week’s biggest single-unit sales gain, climbing 13,000 copies over last week’s figures and topping out at more than 80,000 units.

Three other discs recorded significant debuts: rapper Lil’ Zane’s second effort “Young World: The Future” (Priority) came in at No. 25 on sales of more than 40,000 units, metallurgists Incubus’ EP “When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 1” (Epic) placed 41st with sales in excess of 31,000 units, and the soundtrack to “The Original Kings of Comedy” (Universal) landed at No. 50, selling nearly 25,000 units. The latter features only two songs, the rest consists of excerpts from the four co-starring comics’ routines.

The other major unit-sales jump came from veteran Bahamian “junkanoo”-fusion group the Baha Men, whose “Who Let the Dogs Out” (S-Curve/Sheridan Square/Artemis) — paced by the singular success of the title track — took a 12,000 unit leap.

Universal retains its stranglehold on current album market share with 30.7%, followed by BMG, 17.2%; Warners, 13.7%; Sony, 13.5%; and EMI, 7.5%. Independent labels account for the other 17.4%.

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