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Coldplay Still Number One

Brit rockers stay on top, Mariah Carey comes in second

June 29, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Brit rockers Coldplay continued their run at Number One this week, selling 186,000 more copies of X&Y, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album has already sold approximately 1.3 million CDs after just three weeks in stores. In second place is Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi, moving another 132,000 CDs two and a half months after its release.

The Foo Fighters' double album, In Your Honor, dropped one place this week to Number Three (116,000), while Monkey Business, the latest from Cali hip-hoppers Black Eyed Peas, climbed one spot to Number Four (103,000) in its third week.

Big debuts this week included Atlanta MCs (and P. Diddy proteges) Boyz N Da Hood's self-titled debut, which sold 101,000 to open at Number Five, and R&B singer Keyshia Cole, whose The Way It Is came in at Six (89,000).

Rounding out the Top Ten were the Backstreet Boys' comeback, Never Gone, which has already started to slide in just its second week, down from its Number Three debut (a low for the blockbuster boy band) to Number Seven (79,000). A compilation of punk-inflected rock from Nineties hitmakers the Offspring, Greatest Hits, did surprisingly well, moving 70,000 copies to come in at Number Eight. And Los Angeles metal act System of a Down's Mezmerize holds at Number Ten (63,000).

Exiting the Top Ten this week were country star Toby Keith's latest, Honkytonk University, which dropped six spots to Thirteen (58,000), and Columbian pop star Shakira's Spanish-language album, Fijacion Oral Vol. 1, which fell seven places to Fifteen (50,000). But the big blow of the week came to Fat Joe: the Bronx rapper's sixth album, All or Nothing, quickly dropped from last week's Number Six debut to Twenty-Four (38,000). And Transplants, the band formed by members of Blink-182 and Rancid, must not be all that pleased with the first week of their sophomore album, Haunted Cities: It sold a mere 34,000 copies to come in at Number Twenty-Eight.

With no major new releases this week, expect Coldplay to continue to hold fast to the top spot -- and Mariah to stick to the Top Ten for some time to come.

This week's Top Ten: Coldplay's X&Y; Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi; Foo Fighters' In Your Honor; Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business; Boyz N Da Hood's Boyz N Da Hood; Keyshia Cole's The Way It Is; Backstreet Boys' Never Gone; the Offspring's Greatest Hits; Birdman's Fast Money; System of a Down's Mezmerize.

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