Another ‘Now’ bow

Disc keeps compilation franchise rolling along

The 19th edition of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” (Capitol) stomped the competish at the nation’s music retailers, selling 436,000 copies in its opening stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

No other album sold more than 90,000 copies.

Compilation, which contains tracks from Gwen Stefani, Will Smith, Ciara, Coldplay and Gorillaz that are in the current top 30, sold 98,000 more than Vol. 18 in its first week. It is the seventh edition of the series to hit No. 1.

Columbia Records had the top 10’s two other debuts: Carly Simon’s latest album of standards and the sophomore effort from modern gospel duo Mary Mary.

Simon’s “Moonlight Serenade” sold 57,000 copies to open at No. 7, her highest chart position since 1974 when “Hotcakes” made it to No. 3. Mary Mary’s self-titled disc sold 600 fewer than “Moonlight” and opened one slot lower. It is the group’s best sales week to date.

Other debuts in the top 50 were the R&B group B5’s self-titled Bad Boy disc, selling 44,000 copies and opening at No. 19; the “Dukes of Hazzard” soundtrack (Columbia), which features Jessica Simpson’s remake of the Nancy Sinatra hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” selling 26,000 (No. 33); and the mixtape compilation “Jermaine Dupri Presents” (Virgin), selling 21,000 units (No. 43).

“Now 19” bumped R. Kelly’s “TP.3 Reloaded” (Jive) off the top after a two-week stay. “TP.3” fell to No. 3 on sales of 83,000. Continuing to show remarkable staying power is Mariah Carey’s “Emancipation of Mimi” (Island), which rose three slots to No. 2 on sales of 90,000.

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