Beatles At #1 For Fourth Straight Week, Teen Pop Swoons

Fab Four's collection of #1 hits stays atop Billboard 200 albums chart; sales of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, 'NSYNC CDs plunge.

A soft post-Christmas sales week won’t be enough to knock the Beatles from atop next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, as the legendary Liverpool, England, group’s Beatles 1 compilation will hold onto the #1 spot for the fourth straight week.

According to SoundScan figures issued Wednesday (January 3), the Beatles capped the final week of 2000 by selling more than 451,000 copies of Beatles 1, down from 1.25 million the week before, but still 130,000 more than the new #2 album, Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 5, at 319,000 copies.

If the Beatles took the slowed-down sales week in stride, the Backstreet Boys took it on the chin. After selling some 724,000 copies the previous week, the boy band’s Black & Blue got bruised, sliding from #2 to #9 on the chart, with record sales slumping to just over 171,000.

The Backstreet Boys weren’t the only teen pop act to have a tough sales week. Britney Spears’ Oops! … I Did It Again will drop from #8 to #21 (with 109,000 copies) and ‘NSYNC’s No Strings Attached will drop from #10 to #27 (with 96,000 copies) on the new chart; both albums’ sales fell roughly 70 percent from the week before.

Rounding out the top five on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart will be Shaggy’s Hotshot at #3 with 280,000 copies sold, Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at #4 (258,000 sold), and Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal at #5 (247,000), up from #9.

The rest of next week’s Billboard top 10 albums include Outkast’s Stankonia at #6 (220,000 copies sold), Creed’s Human Clay at #7 (195,000), Nelly’s Country Grammar at #8 (184,000), and Sade’s Lovers Rock at #10 (155,000).

The only album to crack the Billboard 200 in its debut week was the “Save the Last Dance” soundtrack, which features tracks from Lucy Pearl, K-Ci & JoJo, Pink and Fredro Starr (who also appears in the film). Garnering some 32,000 copies in sales, the “Save the Last Dance” album will enter the charts at #76.

With the figures for SoundScan’s final sales week of 2000 tallied, ‘NSYNC’s No Strings Attached finished up as the biggest-selling album of the year, just missing the 10 million mark.

No Strings Attached sold 9.93 million copies, 2 million more than the year-end #2 album, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, which registered 7.92 million in sales.

The controversial rapper’s second album edged out Britney Spears’ sophomore record, Oops! … I Did It Again, which finished as the #3 biggest-seller of the year with 7.89 million copies sold.