Coldplay staves off strong competition on The Billboard 200 as "X&Y" (Capitol) tops the chart for a second week. Although sales of the set dropped 56% to 323,000 copies in the United States, accor

Coldplay staves off strong competition on The Billboard 200 as "X&Y" (Capitol) tops the chart for a second week. Although sales of the set dropped 56% to 323,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the number is big enough to keep the title ahead of new discs by Foo Fighters, the Backstreet Boys and Fat Joe.

At No. 2 with 311,000 units, Foo Fighters earn their highest Billboard 200 position and career-best sales week with the double-disc "In Your Honor" (Roswell/RCA). The band's last album, "One by One" opened at No. 3 in 2002 with 122,000 and has sold 1.2 million to-date. The Foos' best-selling album remains 1997's "The Colour and the Shape" at 1.9 million.

Notching their fifth top 5 album on The Billboard 200, the Backstreet Boys are back with "Never Gone" (Jive). They notch a No. 3 berth with sales of 290,000 copies, their best week since the 2000 Christmas season, when their last studio set, "Black and Blue," sold 724,000 in its fifth week at retail. That album, which opened at No. 1 with 1.6 million units, has sold 5.4 million to date.

Fat Joe rounds out the top 10 debuts with his best sales week and Billboard 200 career high mark, as "All or Nothing" (Terror Squad/Atlantic) enters at No. 6 on sales of 106,500 units. The rapper's previous peak was a No. 7 start with "Don Cartagena" based on a 106,000-copy week in 1998. His best-selling album to-date remains 2001's "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy" with 938,000.

Fat Joe's latest gets a push from Nelly, who is featured on the new album's single, "Get It Poppin'." The song jumped 31-16 last week on Billboard's Hot 100.

In between this week's new entries is chart favorite Mariah Carey, whose "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam) gains 5-4 on an 8% increase to sales of 163,000 copies, and the Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope), which falls 2-5 on a 47% drop to 155,000.

At No. 7 for a second week, Toby Keith's "Honkytonk University" (DreamWorks Nashville) proves it is still a strong contender, notching a 29% sales gain to 93,000 copies. Though Shakira's "FijaciĆ³n Oral, Volumen 1" (Epic) falls 4-8 on a 51% slide to 77,000, U.S. sales were still higher than any other Spanish-language album. Shakira set the record last week with the album's 157,000-copy bow, beating Ricky Martin's 65,000-start with "Almas de Silencio" (Sony International) in 2003.

Despite a 7% lift to 76,400 copies, Gwen Stefani's "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (Interscope) drops 8-9. Falling 6-10 on an 11% dip to 76,200, System Of A Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) rounds out the album chart's top tier.

Other notable Billboard 200 entries this week include third season "Nashville Star" winner Erika Jo's self-titled debut (Universal South, No. 27); Static-X's "Start a War" (Warner Bros., No. 29); As I Lay Dying's "Shadows are Security" (Metal Blade, No. 35); and country veteran Dwight Yoakam's New West Records debut, "Blame the Vain" (No. 54).

Also worth noting is the debut of Alanis Morissette's Starbucks-exclusive "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums chart. The Maverick/Warner Bros. set, which sold 56,000 copies through the Seattle-based coffee retailer's U.S. outlets, is not eligible to chart on The Billboard 200 unless it is generally available to all retailers. The Comprehensive chart, however, does include certain retailer-exclusive product as well as catalog titles. "Acoustic" will expand to other retailers outside of Starbucks on July 26.

Overall U.S. album sales were up 8% from the previous week at 11.9 million units, about 10% over the same week last year. Sales for the year continue to trail of those of 2004 by 7.2% at 264 million units.

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