Despite a 54% drop-off from last week's sales totals, the sixth volume of the various artists compilation "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Sony/Zomba/Universal/EMI) still has enough gas to earn a thir

Despite a 54% drop-off from last week's sales totals, the sixth volume of the various artists compilation "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Sony/Zomba/Universal/EMI) still has enough gas to earn a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The album sold more than 248,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, besting Tupac Shakur's "Until the End of Time" (Amaru/Death Row/Interscope), which is No. 2 for a third straight week.

Country duo Brooks & Dunn's "Steers & Stripes" (Arista) has a big first week, landing at No. 4 with sales of more than 80,000 units. Newcomer Sunshine Anderson's "Your Woman" (Soulife/Atlantic) is right behind at No. 5, while WQHT New York DJ Angie Martinez' Elektra solo debut "Up Close and Personal" bows at No. 32.

Only one album in the top-50 posted an increase over its previous week's sales total, as the Island soundtrack to "Bridget Jones's Diary" rockets 111-38, more than doubling its sales from last week. The film, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant, was No. 1-grossing film in the U.S. this past week.

The new chart will be posted tomorrow (April 26) on Billboard.com.

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