"Phantom Menace," Suge Knight, Robbie Williams Enter Chart


Country hitmaker Tim McGraw will end Ruff Ryders' run atop the "Billboard" album chart next week after the hip-hop label spent one week at number one with a compilation.

According to sales figures by Soundscan, McGraw's "A Place in the Sun" sold more than a quarter of a million copies to knock "Ryde Or Die Vol. 1" off the top spot. The Ruff Ryders album (which features cuts from DMX, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Big Punisher, the Lox, and the newly retired Mase) drops to number four after selling another 157,000 copies in its second week in stores.

The week's other big debut comes courtesy of the soon-to-explode "Star Wars" prequel, "The Phantom Menace." The film's soundtrack (from Oscar winner John Williams) sold more than 172,000 copies to land at number three on the chart.

Elsewhere, the Death Row revisitation "Suge Knight Represents The Chronic 2000" pops up at number 11 in its first week on the charts, powered by tracks from Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr.


A bit further down the chart, the current Latin pop boon helped "Suavemente" singer Elvis Crespo debut at 49 with "Pintame." Meanwhile, British pop star Robbie Williams appears to have a bit of work to do before he can upgrade to "global pop star." His "The Ego Has Landed" bows at number 85 after selling more than 18,000 copies in its first week in stores.