Snoop Bumps Beasties From Top Of Chart

Never send a boy to do a Dogg's job.

That's the lesson to be learned from next week's Billboard album chart, where Snoop Dogg's "Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told" will wrestle the number one spot away from the Beastie Boys ending that group's three-week run on the top of the chart.

According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, Snoop's No Limit Records debut sold more than 500,000 copies in its first week in stores far outpacing the week's number two selling album, the Aerosmith-driven "Armageddon" soundtrack. (You can check our recent conversation with the new number one, Snoop Dogg, in our MTV News Online Feature of the Week, which will turn up here on Friday).

The Beastie Boys and their "Hello Nasty" will slip to number three on next week's chart. Don't cry for the recently dethroned Beasties; the group sold nearly 1.5 million copies of "Hello Nasty" before relinquishing the top spot.

The week's next highest debut belongs to the Squirrel Nut

Zippers whose "Perennial Favorites" lands at number 18 on the chart in its first week in stores.

Also entering the chart next week will be Point of Grace (at number 24 with "Steady On"), the "Ever After" soundtrack (at 100), Eagle Eye Cherry (at number 184 with "Desireless"), and Five (at 187 with their self-titled album).