×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘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%.

More Music

  • Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market

    Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growth

    The U.S. Latin music business experienced its second year of double-digit growth in 2018, driven almost entirely by streaming, according to the RIAA’s year-end report. The Latin market grew 18% in 2018 to $413 million, driven by a nearly 50% growth in revenues from paid subscriptions, the report says. Streaming formats made up a whopping [...]

  • Ranking Roger of The BeatThe Beat

    Ranking Roger, of English Beat and General Public, Dies at 56

    Roger Charlery, aka Ranking Roger, the singer and toaster from the English Beat, General Public and Special Beat, died today after a battle with cancer, a rep for the band confirmed to Variety. He was 56. The group, which has existed in several different forms over the years, issued a statement on its social media [...]

  • NF_D_JGN-D14-5180.raf

    The Sexist Metal Scene in 'The Dirt' Is Painfully Accurate, Say Veteran Female Execs

    UPDATED: The fallout from Friday’s premiere of Netflix’s few-holds-barred Motley Crue biopic, “The Dirt,” began even before the film, which focuses on the quartet’s ‘80s-‘90s decade of decadence, was released. The group’s ill treatment of many women in their orbit is a matter of public record, and is depicted both seriously and unsettlingly light-heartedly in [...]

  • BMG Posts Strong Earnings for 2018

    BMG Posts Strong Earnings for 2018

    BMG announced solid earnings for 2018 — its tenth year since the “new” BMG opened for business after its previous incarnation merged with Sony Music — as part of parent company Bertlesmann’s results Tuesday. According to the announcement, despite “negative exchange rate effects,” BMG’s revenues increased by 7.5 percent to €545 million (around $644 million), [...]

  • Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls Jussie Smollett Deal a 'Whitewash of Justice'

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges Tuesday against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Flanked by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Kevin Graham, the president of the Chicago police union, the mayor said the decision sends a message that high-profile people will not be held accountable for their [...]

  • Grammy Awards60th Annual Grammy Awards, Press

    Grammy Eligibility Year to Close One Month Early for 2020 Awards

    The eligibility year for the 2020 Grammy Awards will close on Aug. 31, one month earlier than usual, the Recording Academy announced today in a letter to members. The change is due to next year’s telecast taking place on Jan. 26, around two weeks earlier than usual (although the 2018 awards took place on Jan. [...]

  • Post Malone wow video dancer

    Meet the 43-Year-Old Dancing Sensation From Post Malone's 'Wow' Video

    Mike Alancourt is here to dance his heart out, one Post Malone video at a time. The Florida native recently went viral thanks in no small part to his impressive moves. At 43 years old, he appears in the video for Post’s “Wow,” carrying the final third with his bearded, bellied routine. The video caught [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content