Thirty years after their breakup, the Beatles have proved they're still a chart force to be reckoned with.
The Beatles 1, a collection of the band's chart-topping hits including "Love Me Do," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday," "Get Back" and 23 others, will debut at #1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart after selling more than 594,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan.
The long-departed group managed to best the cream of today's pop crop, as the collective power of 'NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child and more could only push the Now That's What I Call Music - Vol. 5 compilation to the #2 spot on next week's chart. The collection which also boasts tracks from 98 Degrees, Kandi, Jessica Simpson, SoulDecision, Mystikal, Mya, Aaron Carter, Sisqo, Mandy Moore, Janet Jackson, BBMak, Nine Days, 3 Doors Down, Everclear and Bon Jovi sold more than 444,000 copies in its first week in stores to play
runner-up to the Beatles.
Outside the realm of repackaging, soul songstress Sade returns to the chart at #3 with her first new album in eight years, Lovers Rock. The long-awaited follow-up to Love Deluxe (and her first release of any kind since 1994's Best of Sade) sold more than 369,000 copies during its first week in stores.
Latin pop prince Ricky Martin also scores a top-five debut with his latest, Sound Loaded. Driven by the single "She Bangs," Martin moved more than 317,000 copies of the album to debut at #4.
So Cal punk vets the Offspring score a top-10 debut with Conspiracy of One, which sold more than 125,000 copies to debut at #9.
After the rush of new blood atop the chart, the latest releases from R. Kelly, Outkast, Limp Bizkit, Jay-Z and Nelly fill out the rest of the top 10.
Marilyn Manson manages to crack the top 20 with his latest, Holy Wood. The controversy magnet sold more than 117,000
copies of the album to debut at #13. Close behind is R&B crooner Keith Sweat, whose Didn't See Me Coming sold more than 113,000 copies to debut at #16. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy scores the week's only other top 20 debut with H.N.I.C., which sold more than 105,000 copies to land at #18 on next week's chart.
Other notable debuts in the top 100 include Philly soul revivalist Musiq Soulchild's debut, Aijuswanaseing, at #32, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony's The Collection: Vol. 2 at #41, R&B singer Chante Moore's Exposed at #50, Rush leader Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache at 52, the Platinum Christmas collection at #57, the Doors tribute Stoned Immaculate at #72, Babyface's A Collection of His Greatest Hits at #75, and TV-enhanced act S Club 7's 7 at #94.
The bottom half of next week's top 200 includes debuts from the Eagles at #109, the "Bounce" soundtrack at #124, Yolanda Adams at #143, the "Ally McBeal"-inspired
A Very Ally Christmas at #153 and Cledus T. Judd at #198.