In its fourth consecutive week of selling more copies than any other album, the soundtrack to “Bad Boys II” is heading down the same road as the “8 Mile” disc.
With weekly sales of more than 120,000 copies, according to SoundScan, the soundtrack will again top the Billboard albums chart, besting its closest competitor, Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 13, by nearly 40,000 copies.
Although the P.Diddy-fueled soundtrack’s total sales of more than 798,000 copies are still a long way from the 4.4 million total earned by the “8 Mile” soundtrack, it’s already pulled off a feat the album accompanying Eminem’s flick couldn’t. Bursting with exclusive tracks from Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Snoop Dogg, the soundtrack has remained in the top slot in each of its four weeks in stores. Not even chart champ 50 Cent, whose Get Rich or Die Tryin’ will sit at #6 this week with 59,000 copies sold, can boast such a claim.
Country singer Wynonna Judd will have the only newly released album in the top 10 of next week’s chart. Her sixth LP, What The World Needs Now Is Love, sold more than 54,000 copies to take the #8 spot.
Only slight changes affect the rest of next week’s top 10. Evanescence’s Fallen will move up one spot to #3 (79,000), cracking the bank with 2 million total copies sold; Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love will cover the same distance in the opposite direction to #4 (74,000), still floating above the 1 million mark; Chingy will hold on to his #5 position (67,000) with Jackpot; Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me will skip from #10 to #7 (59,000); Ashanti’s Chapter II will slip one place to #9 (51,000); and Linkin Park’s Meteora will drop two slots to #10 (50,000).
Other than Judd’s new LP and fellow country star Kenny Chesney’s year-old No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, which will jump from #37 to #31 with a 4,000-copy increase, there are only three albums in the top 40 that saw a significant increase in weekly sales. Two of them are soundtracks that were able to realize their true popularity once their corresponding films hit theaters. Featuring contributions from Sum 41 and Foo Fighters in the soundtrack to “American Wedding,” the top film two weeks ago, will cause it to surge ahead 21 spots to #23, while the cover-laden audio accompaniment to the film “Freaky Friday,” which opened last Wednesday, will rocket ahead 99 spots to #32.
Staind’s 14 Shades of Grey is the other LP to make headway. Since the band’s North American tour ended last week, the album’s second single, “So Far Away,” has been among the most played at rock radio, which afforded its eight-spot leap to #15 with a more than 3,000-copy increase.
Last week’s return to the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” which helped him launch his career, gave 22-year-old singer Josh Groban an 88-place goose for his self-titled debut album. The two-year-old LP sold nearly 10,000 more copies last week than the week before, thanks to Friday’s performance, to claim the #63 spot.
Other notable debuts include the Disney compilation Superstar Kidz, featuring cuts from Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez and Pink, among others at #59; Quebec, the eighth LP by off-kilter rockers Ween, at #81; R&B singer Javier’s self-titled debut at #91; Danish dance duo Junior Senior’s debut, D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat, at #94; Smash Mouth’s fourth LP, Get the Picture?, at #100; Godzilla, the fifth album by Yukmouth, half of Oakland-based duo the Luniz, at #112; classic rock guitarist Jeff Beck’s Jeff at #122; Best of Kiss: The Millennium Collection at #132; pretty-boy dance-man BT’s fourth album, Emotional Technology, at #138; Poison’s Best of Ballads and Blues at #141; and Blues Traveler’s seventh LP, Truth Be Told, at #147.