'O Brother' Still Finds Itself On Top
The Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" maintains its grip on No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. Although sales of the set were down 6% to 149,000 units, according to SoundScan, the bluegrass-laden set holds off a surprising No. 2 entry from boy band B2K, whose self-titled Epic debut sold 109,000 units.The Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" maintains its grip on No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. Although sales of the set were down 6% to 149,000 units, according to SoundScan, the bluegrass-laden set holds off a surprising No. 2 entry from boy band B2K, whose self-titled Epic debut sold 109,000 units.
Even without a breakout radio hit, the urban tots of B2K have been all over MTV and BET with the track "Uh Huh," which led Billboard's Hot 100's Singles Sales chart for 10 weeks and has sold more than 300,000 units to date. The cut is currently No. 55 on The Billboard Hot 100 and No. 26 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks count. The B2K album also enters at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, sending Brandy's "Full Moon" (Atlantic) down one slot to No. 2.
Sales of "O Brother," meanwhile, have crossed the 4.5 million mark as the set begins a 29th non-consecutive week at the peak of Billboard's Top Country Albums tally. It had taken "O Brother" 63 weeks to reach No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last week, and it will likely face strong competition for the position next week. High debuts are expected from both the latest hits compilation in the multi-label "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series and the R. Kelly/Jay-Z collaboration "The Best of Both Worlds" (Jive/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam).
New entries on The Billboard 200 this week include the industrial-leaning soundtrack to "Resident Evil," which bows at No. 24, while Destiny's Child's "This is the Remix" (Music World/Columbia) arrives at No. 29. The Indigo Girls' "Become You" (Epic) lands at No. 30, which beats the No. 34 entry that the group's last studio set, "Come on Now Social," posted in 1999.
Remy Shand's introduction "The Way I Feel" (Motown) settles in at No. 39, and the Wu-Tang-related Killa Beez buzz in at No. 46 with "The Sting" (Wu-Tang/In the Paint/Koch). Both albums fared better in purely urban markets, with the Killa Beez at No. 9 and Shand at No. 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums roundup. N*E*R*D, the much hyped project from acclaimed producers the Neptunes, dents the R&B/Hip-Hop chart at No. 31 with "In Search Of..." (Virgin), and debuts at No. 61 on The Billboard 200.
Brandy's "Full Moon," last week's top debut on The Billboard 200, slides 2-5 on a 44% drop in sales to 87,000 units. Elsewhere in the top-10, Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) jumps 5-3 on a 10% sales bump to cross the 1.5 million line, and Alanis Morissette's Maverick album "Under Rug Swept" falls one slot to No. 4 after suffering a 20% hit to slip to 95,000 units sold. Also notable is "Come Away with Me" from jazz-pop singer Norah Jones. The Blue Note set soars 92-62 on The Billboard 200 as Jones reaps the benefits of nearly ubiquitous media coverage.
There's no change at the top of The Billboard Hot 100, where Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny" featuring Ja Rule holds onto No. 1 for a fourth-straight week. The track is losing ground in urban markets, however, and falls 7-9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks count.
Ashanti's "Foolish" jumps 4-1 on the latter tally, knocking Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)" down to No. 2. Tweet's tune had been No. 1 for three weeks, and is actually leading Ashanti's cut at radio, but the retail release of "Foolish" gave it enough bounce to take the crown.
Oddly enough, "Foolish" is the fastest-growing track at radio in crossover markets, and skips 11-9 on the Hot 100, where the fastest-growing track at retail is 'N Sync's "Girlfriend" featuring Nelly, which soars 14-6.
The top debut on the Hot 100 is Mary J. Blige's "Rainy Dayz" featuring Ja Rule, making a splash at No. 62. Other notable debuts include Travis Tritt's "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" at No. 73, Naughty By Nature's "Feels Good (Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing)" featuring 3LW at No. 93, and R. Kelly & Jay-Z' "Take You Home With Me A.K.A. Body" at No. 94.
On Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally, P.O.D.'s "Youth of Nation" knocks Puddle Of Mudd's "Blurry" out of No. 1 after nine straight weeks. On Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, however, "Blurry" enters its seventh straight week on top.