'Bad Boys' Still Good On The Chart
New albums from Mya and Jane's Addiction and the latest volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series weren't able to dislodge the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack from the top spot on The Billboard 20New albums from Mya and Jane's Addiction and the latest volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series weren't able to dislodge the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack from the top spot on The Billboard 200. The Bad Boy/Universal album, which features at least three songs being played at radio, sold 197,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and holds onto No. 1 for a second-straight week.
Sales of the soundtrack fell 40% from the previous week, but in just two weeks the set has sold more than 521,000 units. On Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, the album is represented by the top-20 hit "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, while Freeway's "Flipside" and Jay-Z's 'La-La-La (Excuse Me Again)" are making noise further down the tally.
The 13th volume of "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) bows at No. 2 on sales of 171,000 copies and leads five debuts into the top-10 of The Billboard 200. In April, the 12th edition burst onto the chart at No. 3 with sales of 256,000 copies, and the 11th offering landed at No. 2 with 316,000 in November 2002.
Pulling in at No. 3 is Mya's "Moodring" (Interscope) on sales of 113,000 copies. The total is up significantly over 2000's "Fear of Flying," which opened at No. 15 with 72,000. "Fear of Flying" went on to sell 1.2 million copies, buoyed by Mya's appearance on "Lady Marmalade," the hit single from "Moulin Rouge." The first offering from "Moodring," "My Love Is Like ... Wo," has breached the top-30 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
"Strays," the first new studio album from Jane's Addiction in 13 years, arrives at No. 4 on The Billboard 200. The Capitol set sold slightly more than 110,500 copies. "Just Because" has become a No. 1 single on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and hype for the album was driven by the band's headlining slot on the revived Lollapalooza festival tour. The group's last studio album, 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual," entered the big chart at No. 36 in the pre-SoundScan era.
Beyoncé's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) slips 3-5 behind the crop of newcomers as sales fell 15% to 110,400 copies. Chingy's "Jackpot" (Capitol) falls 2-6 in its sophomore week, the victim of a 44% sales drop to 87,000 units.
Modern rock act 311's "Evolver" (Volcano/Jive) enters the chart at No. 7 with sales of 87,000 copies. In 2001, the group's "From Chaos" arrived at No. 10 with 83,000, and has sold 590,000 copies to date. The new set's first single, "Creatures (For a While)," is in the top-10 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally.
"Mud on the Tires" gives country singer Brad Paisley his best debut on The Billboard 200 as the Arista album lands at No. 8. The album sold 85,600 copies, boosted by the smashing success of first single "Celebrity," which last week reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup. Paisley's 2001 album, "Part II," bowed at No. 31 with sales of 38,000 units, and has so far sold 851,000 copies.
Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) tumbles 5-9 on a 24% sales dip to 82,000 copies. Evanescence's Wind-Up debut "Fallen" rounds out the top-10 on the strength of 71,000 copies, just a 2% dip from the previous week.
Other notable debuts on the chart include the latest concert album from Kiss, "Symphony: Alive IV." The first release on the group's Kiss Records, which is distributed through Sanctuary, "Alive IV" enters at No. 18 with sales of 41,000. Universal's 2002 "The Very Best of Kiss" compilation entered the tally at No. 52.
Further down, alt-rock outfit Eve 6 enters at No. 27 with "It's All in Your Head" (RCA), Superjoint Ritual bows at No. 55 with "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred" and Queensryche lands at No. 56 with "Tribe." The latter two albums are both on Sanctuary.