Backstreet Boys Hold Off Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez On Chart

Despite strong debuts from Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez, and Blink-182, the Backstreet Boys will maintain their grip on the top of the “Billboard” album chart for a third straight week.

According to weekly sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the Boys sold an additional 437,000 copies of “Millennium” last week to hold the top spot. The numbers push the album’s three-week sales figures over 2 million copies.

The second position also remains unchanged as Ricky Martin sold another 312,000 copies of his self-titled album to hold on to number two.

The week’s highest debut comes in at number three as Ja Rule’s “Venni Vetti Vecci” sold more than 184,000 copies in its first week in stores. Tru also scored a top five debut with “Da Crime Family,” which moved more than 139,000 copies to land at number five.

Jennifer Lopez seemed to make a smooth transition from actress to singer as she sold more than 111,000 copies of her “On The 6″ to debut at number eight. Lopez
took the high-gloss road to the top ten, while the punk clown princes in Blink-182 took a very different path and wound up in about the same spot. The band sold more than 109,000 copies of its “Enema of the State” album to debut at number nine.

Other notable debuts include the “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” soundtrack at 13, the self-titled debut from Blaque at 79, Moby’s “Play” at 145, and Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailamos” at 161.