Rap's reigning kingpin Master P held onto the #1 slot on this week's
Billboard 200 albums chart this past week with his album Da Last Don.
The disc -- which sold almost a half-million copies in its first week of release --
moved 218,000 this week. Meanwhile, the highest debut this time around belongs to R&B songstress Brandy. Her Never S-A-Y Never album landed at #3 on sales of 160,000.
Other debuts of note included John Fogerty's live Premonition, which came in at #29, and Slayer's Diabolus In Musica, which landed at #31.
While the popular Godzilla soundtrack (featuring recent MTV staples
such as the Wallflowers' cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" [RealAudio excerpt of Wallflowers' version] and Puff Daddy and
Jimmy Page's "Come With Me") held fast at #4, other recent hits experienced
ups and downs.
The Smashing Pumpkins' Adore dropped from #2 to #8 in its second week of release, while recent left-field #1 DMX dropped from #6 to #10.
Experiencing jumps were the former Fresh Prince, rapper Will Smith, whose Big Willie Style nearly hit the top 10 again (moving from #21 to #12), and the Spice Girls, whose Spiceworld album jumped 10 spots to #51 thanks to the band's exposure in the wake of Ginger Spice's exit.
The rest of this week's top 10: City Of Angels soundtrack (#2); Hope Floats soundtrack (#5); Garth Brooks, The Limited Series (#6); Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (#7); and Shania Twain, Come On Over (#9).