Deuces are wild for Outkast. The duo’s new double album will top the Billboard albums chart for the second week in a row.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below sold more than 234,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan, to retain its #1 status. The seven-day sum is just less than half the amount the Atlanta artists’ fifth album moved the week before.
The last album to spend back-to-back weeks on top was the “Bad Boys II” soundtrack. Propelled by the P. Diddy/ Nelly/ Murphy Lee collaboration, “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” the LP perched above all others for four consecutive weeks in August.
Speaking of Bad Boys, Babs, Ness, the reality TV ham formerly known as Chopper (now called Young City) and the rest of Bad Boy’s Da Band will place second with their debut, Too Hot for TV. On the heels of the single “Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That,” the “Making the Band II” rendering sold more than 203,000 copies.
The heavenly sounds of Sting and Dido will assume the #3 and #4 positions, respectively. Sacred Love, by the former Police frontman, sold more than 194,000, while British chanteuse Dido prolonged the buzz generated by Eminem’s use of her “Thank You” on his “Stan” to sell more than 191,000 copies of her second album, Life for Rent.
As a testament to the staying power of the big albums that appeared on the previous chart, six of the seven LPs that debuted in last week’s top 10 will remain there. Last week’s first runner-up, Dave Matthews’ first solo album, Some Devil, will fall three spots to #5 (more than 154,000 copies sold); Limp Bizkit’s Results May Vary will dip equidistantly to #6 (126,000); R. Kelly’s best-of set, The R. in R&B Collection Vol. 1, will slip four places to #8 (117,000); Nickelback’s fourth album, The Long Road, will slide three spots to #9 (102,000); and Obie Trice can continue raising his glass to Cheers, which will fall by five to #10 (96,000).
Murphy Lee’s Murphy’s Law, the only album that couldn’t sustain top-10 placement, will drop 12 spots to #20.
Country superstar Martina McBride’s sixth album, Martina, will round out next week’s top 10 at #7 by selling more than 122,000 copies in its first week.
Notable debuts on next week’s chart include Latin metalheads Ill Nino’s second album, Confession, at #37; quirky country crooner Lyle Lovett’s first studio album in five years, My Baby Don’t Tolerate, at #63; the retrospective by electronica pioneers the Chemical Brothers, Singles 1993-03, at #123; and the soundtrack to the Jack Black flick “School of Rock,” featuring contributions from the Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Ramones, at #166.