The Beatles still have a ticket to ride on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The Fab Four's The Beatles 1 compilation will continue its domination of the #1 spot on next week's Billboard 200, as the record tallied more than 260,000 copies in retail sales last week, according to figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday (January 17).
The Beatles 1, which was issued in November and enjoyed a strong Christmas sales surge, has now stretched its chart-topping run to six consecutive weeks. The album, the first single-CD greatest-hits collection from the Beatles, has spent just two weeks out of the #1 spot since it debuted there in mid-November, and has yet to slip below #2 on the chart. The compilation has sold about 5.59 million copies to date.
Elsewhere, the upper echelon of the chart remained strikingly similar to last week, with dancehall-pop singer Shaggy's comeback effort, Hotshot, holding on at #2 with 191,000 copies sold, Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 5 at #3 with 128,000 sold, Creed's Human Clay at #4 with 114,000 sold, and Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at #5 with just more than 97,000 sold.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10, in order, are sultry singer Sade's Lovers Rock, Outkast's Stankonia, Snoop Dogg's Tha Last Meal which slips a few notches down to #8 from #4 Lenny Kravitz's Greatest Hits and Dido's No Angel.
Poised to crack the Billboard top 10 is the soundtrack to the interracial romance movie "Save the Last Dance," which overtook Tom Hanks' "Cast Away" last week to become the #1 film at the box office.
Featuring tracks from Pink, Ice Cube, K-Ci & JoJo, Q-Tip and Montell Jordan, the "Save the Last Dance" soundtrack leaps from #41 to #11 on the new Billboard chart, with more than 76,000 copies sold.
The only new album to land in the top 50 was turned in by another soundtrack, as the rap-laden soundtrack to "Oz," HBO's gritty prison drama, entered the chart at #42, fueled by contributions from the Wu-Tang Clan, Master P, Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy and Cypress Hill, among others.
The only other new entry in the rest of the top 100 came from a new jazz compilation from Verve Records, Pure Jazz, which debuted at #91 benefiting from the exposure generated by Ken Burns' recent "Jazz" documentary series for PBS.
Several albums related to the series, including Best of Ken Burns Jazz, Ken Burns Jazz The Story of America's Music and Ken Burns Jazz Collection: Louis Armstrong, all registered increases in sales to chart at #119, #139 and #170, respectively.