The Bad Boys took over the album charts for the second week in a row, holding off stiff competition from a tried-and-true pop compilation to reclaim the No. 1 slot.
The soundtrack to the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence summer actioner “Bad Boys II” (Bad Boy/Universal) scanned 197,000 in its sophomore sesh — enough to put it into gold-record territory — after the film itself powered to a $47 million opening-weekend B.O.
Soundtrack sales were just enough to crowd out the 13th installment of the blockbuster “Now That’s What I Call Music” series, released this time by Universal. Disc, which features cuts from Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez and Jay-Z among others, scanned more than 171,000 units.
Just below at third in a crowded new-release schedule was R&B songstress Mya with her third full-length disc “Moodring” (Interscope). The Washington, D.C.-born diva sold just a shade under 113,000 copies in her first week.
‘Strays’ in fourth
At fourth place came a surprisingly strong bow from Los Angeles post-punk stalwarts Jane’s Addiction. “Strays,” the group’s first album for Capitol Records and their first full-length studio effort in 13 years, scanned 111,000 units amid feverish anticipation from diehard fans.
Also cracking the top 10 was “Evolver” (Volcano/Jive), the latest disc from rap-rock progenitors 311, at seven, with 87,000 copies sold. And at eight was country star Brad Paisley with “Mud on the Tires” (Arista Nashville), selling 86,000 CDs.
California punk act Thrice took 16 with their Island debut “The Artist in the Ambulance,” selling 48,000 copies, and the legendary Kiss landed two spots further down with “Symphony: Alive IV” (Sanctuary), with 41,000 discs sold.
Sanctuary’s acts strong
Along with Kiss, the U.K. music firm Sanctuary scored a couple of other strong releases in the current week. Metal act Superjoint Ritual hit at 55 with “Lethal Dose of American Hatred,” and Queensryche landed one spot lower with “Tribe.” Both records sold roughly 20,000 copies.
The only other new release to crack the top 50 came from alt-pop trio Eve 6. Their third record for RCA, titled “It’s All In Your Head,” shifted more than 34,000 units and landed at 27.
Next week is likely to be a very quiet session on the charts, with no major new releases seen as contenders for the top spot. However, the latest from the R&B supergroup LSG — which includes Johnny Gill, Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat — is likely to land inside the top 10.