NEW YORK — Despite a hefty sales drop-off, Destiny’s Child survived for a second week at No. 1 in the album charts, staving off a formidable offensive from Liverpool lad Paul McCartney.
The Texas-born trio of R&B divas sold just under 359,000 copies of their sophomore LP “Survivor” (Columbia) in the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan data. That’s a 46% decline from their first-week sales, but it was more than enough to push them into platinum territory.
McCartney gave Beyonce Knowles & Co. a run for their money with the debut of “Wingspan (Hits & History)” (Capitol), a retrospective of the legen-dary singer-songwriter’s post-Beatle recordings. “Wingspan” shifted more than 220,000 units in its opening jaunt.
Album reps the second major catalog-based success in the last six months for Capitol: The EMI label struck platinum at Christmas with “Beatles 1,” which has sold 7.3 million copies in the U.S. That record got a jolt of publicity from the McCartney release, rebounding 14 places to 24.
Janet Jackson, who owned the top spot two weeks ago, slipped quietly to No. 3, as sales of her latest Virgin release “All For You” dropped 31% to 216,000. Still, the performance was enough to give EMI, which recently scuttled merger talks with BMG and has suffered from anemic U.S. market share, both silver and bronze in this week’s rankings.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to “Moulin Rouge” (Interscope), which opened this year’s Cannes Intl. Film Festival, logged one of the best per-formances for a film-related release in recent memory, opening in fifth place, with 118,000 copies sold.
Album reprises director Baz Luhrmann’s interest in juxtaposing historical narrative with modern music, as demonstrated in his trendy update “Romeo + Juliet.” The “Moulin” soundtrack includes tracks from Beck, Christina Aguilera and DJ-producer Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook.