Nelly's ongoing quest to take his "Country Grammar" nationwide continues to be a successful one, as the rapper's debut album will hold on to the top spot of the "Billboard" album chart next week.
According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the St. Louis rapper sold another 235,000 copies of "Country Grammar" to hold the number one spot on the album chart for a second week. Since its release in early June, the album has been gaining momentum on the charts, finally reaching the top of the heap last week.
Nelly isn't the only one holding strong, as there will be little in the way of movement on next week's chart. Familiar faces Britney Spears, Eminem, Creed, 'NSYNC, 3 Doors Down, Papa Roach, and Sting populate the Top 10 once again.
The week's biggest debut comes courtesy of the "'Source' Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000" collection, which boasts cuts from DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Juvenile, and other heavy hitters. The star-studded affair sold
more than 53,000 copies to debut at number 19 on next week's chart.
Other notable debuts include South Park Mexican's "Purity Album" at 57, Kirk Franklin's One Nation Crew with "Kirk Franklin Presents 1nc" at 58, Wheatus' self-titled debut at 76, and 2gether's "2gether Again" at 135.
For a full-length interview with Nelly, check out the MTV News Online feature "Nelly: Country By Storm."