Nelly Hits Number One As De La Soul Debuts

Nelly has finally reached the promised land.

After weeks of inching his way upward, the St. Louis rapper will finally hit number one on the "Billboard" album chart next week. According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, Nelly sold 234,000 copies of his "Country Grammar" last week to best the field and grab the top spot. The new sales figures bring the album's seven-week total to 1.5 million copies.

Spiritually charged Florida rockers Creed managed to beat Britney to that mark, as the group's "Human Clay" sold another 134,000 copies last week to pass the 5 million mark. The band had a bit of a head start on Britney, though, since "Human Clay" has been in stores since September of last year.

The week sees one new album crack the Top 10, as De La Soul's "Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump" manages to debut at number nine. The hip-hop outfit's fifth studio album sold more than 81,000 copies in its first week in stores to score the

biggest debut on next week's chart.

The week's other notable debuts include Shaggy's "Hotshot" at 87, Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out" at 103, former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's "Resurrection" at 140, and Moody Blues' "Live At Royal Albert Hall 2000" at 185.

For interviews with Nelly and De La Soul, check out the MTV News Online features "Nelly: Country By Storm" and "De La Soul & Common: On The SpitKicker Tour."