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On the Charts: Lil Wayne Stays On Top, Edges Toward Two Milli

July 16, 2008 11:20 AM ET

The Big News: Lil Wayne continued his chart dominance as Tha Carter III sold another 125,000 copies on its way to the top spot. Coldplay's Viva La Vida held on at two, adding another 113,000 copies to its already-platinum total. For the fourth consecutive week, the Camp Rock soundtrack took the number three. Beck's Modern Guilt was unable to unseat any of the top three mainstays, debuting at four with 84,000 units shifted. And Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus continues to enjoy its second wind, rising from seven to five.

Debuts: Outside of Beck, big name debuts were scarce. The soundtrack to the film version of Mamma Mia entered at seven. After that, the next noticeable debut on the radar was Ratatat's LP3 all the ways down at 82. Maroon 5's iTunes only Live from Le Cabaret at 117, and Melvins' Nude With Boots helped the proto-grunge icons grab 148.

Last Week's Heroes: After the top three, last week's top ten stayed largely the same, with all ten a week ago still ranking within this week's top 13. If there had to be one loser, it'd be G-Unit's T.O.S., which sank from four to nine thanks to a 64% sales decline. Next week, we'll find out if Nas' Untitled can shake this chart up.

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