Beatles Still #1, Grammy Noms Null In Slow Sales Week

Looking at the upcoming Billboard 200 chart, you'd never guess that 2001's Grammy nominees were announced last week.

The Beatles will remain atop next week's pop albums chart for the fifth straight week despite a sales slip from over 450,000 last week to just under 270,000 this week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (January 10).

The Liverpudlian legends weren't the only group to suffer a post-holiday sales slump, as most offerings moved around half of what they did the week prior while witnessing little or no change in chart position.

Last week's announcement of the 2001 Grammy Award nominations had the same non-effect on the charts, with nominee leaders Destiny's Child and Dr. Dre slipping slightly. Destiny's Child's The Writing's on the Wall falls a spot to #48 with 37,000 albums sold, while Dre's Dr. Dre 2001 drops six places to #78 with 19,000 albums sold.

New artist nominees, which generally experience a bit of a boost, also came up short. Only R&B singer/songwriter Jill Scott's Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 moves up the chart, from #73 to #57, with 30,000 in sales. Dropping are both Papa Roach's Infest (#48 to #60) and Sisqó's Unleash the Dragon (#151 to #170), while Brad Paisley's Who Needs Pictures and Shelby Lynne's I Am Shelby Lynne failed to chart at all.

Votes in MTVi News' latest poll appear to support the chart inaction; as of press time, 70 percent of voters said a Grammy nomination would not make them more likely to pick up an artist's album.

Past Grammy Award-winner Shaggy makes a small, but significant, chart hop next week, as his Hotshot moves up one spot to #2 after selling roughly 100,000 copies fewer than it did the previous week. The dancehall-pop master has been steadily climbing the chart since September, finally cracking the top five two weeks ago.

Dido's No Angel soars into the top 10 for the first time, jumping up from #17 to #9. Its weekly sales setback was relatively less severe than those of its charting counterparts, dropping from 113,000 to nearly 89,000 (or 21 percent).

Smooth songstress Sade's Lovers Rock makes an upward ascent as well, rising two notches to #8 with more than 100,000 in sales.

Remarkably, no teen-pop artist will reside in the top 10, but that doesn't mean the upper echelon is lacking in that department. The compilation Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 5, featuring tracks by 'NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys, clocks in at the show position (#3) with more than 160,000 copies sold, about half of last week's total.

On their own, the Backstreet Boys chart highest among those "TRL"-familiar acts next week; their Black & Blue drops six places to #15 after losing nearly 100,000 in weekly sales.

Not much change took place throughout the rest of the top 10: Snoop Dogg's Tha Last Meal comes in at #4 with 123,000 copies sold, switching spots with Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at #5 (122,000 sold); Creed's Human Clay jumped one spot to #6 (115,000), while Outkast's Stankonia dropped one spot to #7 (110,000); and Lenny Kravitz's Greatest Hits rose one spot to #10 (88,000).

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