Despite falling sales and four new titles entering the top 10, Coldplay's "X&Y" remains on top of The Billboard 200 for a third week in a row. Sales of the Capitol album dropped 44% to 181,000 cop

Despite falling sales and four new titles entering the top 10, Coldplay's "X&Y" remains on top of The Billboard 200 for a third week in a row. Sales of the Capitol album dropped 44% to 181,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "X&Y" has sold 1.2 million units since its June 7 release.

Contrary to recent weeks, the chart's next few slots are not populated by new titles gunning for the throne, but by top 10 veterans that all experienced plummeting sales. Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam) rebounds 4-2 on sales of 131,000 copies, a 20% drop from the previous week.

The Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" (Roswell/RCA) falls from last week's debut in second place to No. 3 on a 63% slide to 114,000, followed by the Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope), which gains one to sit at No. 4 despite a 34% dip to 102,000.

Also falling is the Backstreet Boys' "Never Gone" (Jive), which drops 3-7 on a 73% slide to sales of 78,000. System Of A Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) manages to hold onto the No. 10 position with 62,000, an 18% drop from a week earlier.

The Billboard 200's top debut is the self-titled Bad Boy bow from Boyz N Da Hood at No. 5. Fueled by "Dem Boyz," a top 20 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the set sold 101,000 copies and also bows at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list. Group member Young Jeezy, who has a separate deal with Sho'nuff/Def Jam, is awaiting the July 26 release of his solo debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101."

Also new to the top 10 is Keyshia Cole's A&M/Interscope debut, "The Way It Is," which opens at No. 6 with sales of 89,000 copies. The R&B newcomer's single, "(I Just Want It) To Be Over," recently peaked at No. 40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally.

Punk outfit the Offspring enters The Billboard 200 at No. 8 with its first greatest hits set, the group's fifth top 10 title on the chart. Led by the new track "Can't Repeat," a current Billboard Modern Rock Tracks top 10 hit, the Columbia album sold 70,000 copies. Although the band's last studio effort, "Splinter," started with 88,000 in 2003, it debuted lower at No. 30. That album has sold 561,000 copies to date.

Cash Money CEO/rapper Bryan "Baby" Williams, who goes by Birdman on his latest album, finishes out the top 10 debuts with a No. 9 bow for "Fast Money" (Cash Money/UMRG), which sold 65,000 copies. Despite several solo releases under various names, the artist's greatest success came as part of Big Tymers, with whom he scored a No. 1 bow on The Billboard 200 with "Hood Rich" in 2002. The set has sold 1.2 million to date.

Other notable debuts include Patti LaBelle's "Classic Moments" (Def Soul), which starts at No. 24 with 37,000 copies and takes the No. 5 slot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Also new is "Haunted Cities" from modern rock act the Transplants (Epitaph, No. 28); former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan frontman Billy Corgan's solo bow, "TheFutureEmbrace" (Warner Bros., No. 31); Master P's "Ghetto Bill" (New No Limit/Koch, No. 39) and Dropkick Murphys' "Warrior's Code" (Hellcat, No. 48).

Overall U.S. album sales were down 15% from the previous week at 10.2 million units, and 19% from the same week last year. 2005 sales are lower than 2004 by 7.7% at 272 million units.


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