Composed of all new songs — a rarity in the soundtrack format — the audio accompaniment to the film “Bad Boys II” will land at #1 on next week’s Billboard albums chart.
Singles “La-La-La” by Jay-Z and “Shake Ya Tailfeather” by the superstar collaboration of Nelly and P. Diddy propelled last week’s sales to more than 324,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The LP also features contributions from Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent (see “P. Diddy Finally Makes Da Band Debut On ‘Bad Boys II’ Soundtrack” ).
Ludacris protégé Chingy follows the soundtrack with his debut, Jackpot, which sold more than 156,000 copies. With the single “Right Thurr” and songs such as “He’s Herre” and “Wurrs My Cash,” Chingy is poised to punctuate the summer with the St. Louis-speak introduced last year by Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.”
Two country acts round out next week’s top-10 chart debuts. Brooks & Dunn’s eighth album, Red Dirt Road, will take the #4 spot, having sold more than 114,000 copies; while Pat Green’s Wave on Wave, which features a guest appearance by living legend Willie Nelson, will place at #10 with more than 52,000 in sales.
The top LP of the last two weeks, Ashanti’s Chapter II, will fall to #5 (108,000), allowing Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love to surpass it for the moment in the chart’s battle of the divas. The “Crazy in Love” singer will drop from #2 to #3 with more than 130,000 copies sold.
The rest of the top 10 will find Evanescence’s Fallen dropping three spots to #6 (73,000); 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ slipping a couple of notches to #7 (67,000); Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father moving four spots down to #8 (63,000); and, Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, taking a step back to #9 (61,000) with its more than 6.6 million copies.
Mariah Carey pal Da Brat makes her presence known at #17 with her fourth LP, Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz. Her “In Love Wit Chu,” which features Cherish, helped the album sell nearly 39,000 copies in its first week in stores.
After three albums for Jive Records, Keith Murray’s first and last LP for the Def Jam label, He’s Keith Murray, will debut at #40; while Macy Gray’s third album, The Trouble With Being Myself, the follow-up to 2001′s The Id, will place at #44.
Staind’s 14 Shades of Grey debuted at #1 when it was released in late May, only to fall from the chart’s upper reaches soon after. But while the band’s fourth album may be down, it’s not out. The follow-up to 2001′s super-successful Break the Cycle has sold an average of about 35,000 copies per week while steadily advancing in the last four weeks, moving from #28 to #21. The slow and steady pace can be attributed to the LP’s second single, “So Far Away.”
Good Charlotte’s The Young & the Hopeless also made some significant strides. The 10-month-old LP with four singles to its name will move from #35 to #29, while its weekly sales increased by more than 3,000 copies.
Mexican singer Thalia’s English-language debut will take a major plunge on next week’s chart. Following a #11 debut, the LP will drop 50 spots after sales diminished by more than 60 percent.
With the passing of salsa singer Celia Cruz last week, her best-of collection Hits Mix will re-enter the chart at #163 with a weekly sales increase of more than 5,000 copies.
Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include the Used’s odds-and-ends collection Maybe Memories at #84; 1970s funksters War’s The Very Best of War at #133; pop-punks RX Bandits’ Resignation at #148; Jacksonville, Florida, rockers Shinedown’s debut, Leave a Whisper, at #159; Pearl Jam’s latest live LP, recorded at State College, Pennsylvania, on May 3, at #169; and New York Yankee Bernie Williams’ Journey Within at #175.