Though it didn't sell the 1.25 million it did the week leading up to Christmas, the Beatles' "1" (Apple/Capitol) moved more than 451,000 copies last week to keep it on top of The Billboard 200. After
Though it didn't sell the 1.25 million it did the week leading up to Christmas, the Beatles' "1" (Apple/Capitol) moved more than 451,000 copies last week to keep it on top of The Billboard 200. After only seven weeks, the set has sold more than 5 million copies, and has ranked at No. 1 for five straight weeks on the chart, which will officially be released tomorrow (Jan. 4). Although sales fell from the previous week for nearly every album on the chart following the largest weekly album sales in the nine-year history of SoundScan, the top-10 of the chart sees forward surges for several albums. Leading the charge to the top is the various artists set "NOW 5" (Sony/Zomba/Universal/EMI), which sold more than 319,000 copies to move up one to the No. 2 spot on the new chart. Similarly, Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA), is up two to No. 3 on the strength of more than 280,000 copies sold, followed by a two-position jump for Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water" (Flip/Interscope) at No. 6. As the week following Christmas is typically quiet for new releases, it's no surprise that the highest debut on the chart comes at No. 76, where the Hollywood soundtrack to "Save The Last Dance" lands. That R&B/hip-hop powered set includes music from Lucy Pearl, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and Ice Cube, as well as Fredro Starr, who co-stars in the MTV/Paramount film opposite Sean Patrick Thomas and Julia Stiles. Crazy Town's "The Gift Of Game" (Columbia) saw the greatest sales gain, and jumps 117-55 on the new list.