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‘Now’ does it again

'Music' compilation disc beats out Spears

For the second straight week, the current hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 4” (Universal Music Enterprises) retained the top spot on the national music charts, shifting more than 258,000 units in the week ended July 30, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The “Now” disc edged out Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive), which sold more than 242,000 copies, and took second place for the third consecutive week.

Despite some slight reshuffling of positions, the rest of the top 10 — Nelly, Eminem, ‘N Sync, Papa Roach, Creed, 3 Doors Down and the “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” soundtrack — remained virtually unchanged from last week, with the sole newcomer being the Eric Clapton & B.B. King collaboration, “Riding With the King” (Duck/Reprise), which bounced back into the top 10 on sales of more than 79,000 copies.

‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” (Jive) took home the week’s biggest single unit increase honors, up 27,000 units over last week’s figures, thanks largely to the group’s July 27 live concert on HBO that garnered strong ratings. ‘N Sync’s album sold more than 152,000 copies, good for fifth place.

Making gains

The week’s other major sales gainers were male rapper Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Fo’ Real/Universal), up 13,000 units; and country crossover queen Faith Hill’s “Breathe” (Warner Bros. Nashville), up 11,000 units.

While Nelly’s album sold more than 222,000 units to land in third place overall, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope) also topped the 210,000 unit mark, placing fourth overall.

Male pop-punk trio Eve 6’s sophomore album, “Horrorscope” (RCA), was the week’s highest debut, coming in at No. 34 on sales of more than 39,000 copies.

Universal won the weekly battle for current album market share with 33%, trailed by BMG, 18.2%; Warners, 13.5%; Sony, 11.8%; and EMI, 7%.

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