The Bad Boys II soundtrack, the flagship release from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records after its move from Def Jam to Universal, sold 197,000 copies, according to SoundScan, to tally a second week at Number One.
It wasn't a lack of competition that put the soundtrack on top again. Sixteen new albums entered the Top 100, five of which debuted in the Top Ten. Though it's lost some steam from a sales peak two years ago, the Now That's What I Call Music series continues to sell well; the thirteenth volume sold 171,000 at Number Two. Mya's Moodring made a strong showing at Number Three with sales of 113,000, just edging Jane's Addiction's Strays, the band's first recording of new material in more than a decade, which sold 111,000 copies at Number Four. Beyonce Knowles' Dangerously in Love rounded out the Top Five, selling 110,000 in its fifth week, putting its to-date sales another week or two away from topping 1 million.
And the newcomers kept coming: Rap metal vets 311's Evolver scored a Number Seven debut with sales of 87,000, while recently minted country star Brad Paisley sold 86,000 copies of his third album, Mud on the Tires, at Number Eight. Other strong debuts were made by Thrice's Artist in the Ambulance (Number Sixteen, 48,000 copies sold), Kiss' Symphony: Alive IV (Number Eighteen, 41,000) and Eve 6's It's All in Your Head (Number Twenty-seven, 34,000).
Cumulative sales in the Top 200 jumped for the second straight week, moving from 3.7 million on last week's chart to 4 million this week, but don't look for that trend to continue. The wave of new releases that arrived in record stores yesterday has minimal star wattage and it's conceivable that no album will register six-figure sales next week, as a three-year sales slump trudges on.
This week's Top Ten: The Bad Boys II soundtrack; Now That's What I Call Music! 13; Mya's Moodring; Jane's Addiction's Strays; Beyonce Knowles' Dangerously in Love; Chingy's Jackpot; 311's Evolver; Brad Paisley's Mud on the Tires; Ashanti's Chapter II; and Evanescence's Fallen.
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