Once again, gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg has barked his way to the top of the
Billboard 200 albums chart in a single week.
Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told -- Snoop's third album and first for rapper
Master P's red-hot No Limit label -- unseated reigning chart kings the Beastie Boys by
selling a whopping 524,000 copies in its debut week, according to SoundScan.
In 1993, the rapper (then known as Snoop Doggy Dogg) made history with his career
debut, Doggystyle, the first album by a new artist to bow in the #1 spot.
Snoop's strong showing this past week helped send the Beastie Boys' platinum-selling
Hello Nasty, which had held the #1 spot for three weeks running, down to #3 on still strong sales of 197,000 copies.
Sidling in between Snoop Dogg and the B-Boys was the compilation Armageddon:
The Album. Featuring several songs from classic-rockers Aerosmith, the soundtrack
for the blockbuster movie moved a solid 203,000 copies in the past week.
As they have all summer, film soundtracks shined bright on the chart, with a total of 21
movie albums hitting the top 200. Highest soundtrack-debut honors went to the
classical-flavored Ever After at #100, while There's Something About Mary,
fueled by songs from cult singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman, bounced 36 spots to
In addition, the neo-swing movement again made a strong showing. Hot jazz favorites
the Squirrel Nut Zippers scored the second-highest debut of the week, placing their third
album, Perennial Favorites, at #18 (53,000 copies sold). Meanwhile, the Brian
Setzer Orchestra jumped two spots to #16 with The Dirty Boogie, Cherry Poppin'
Daddies' Zoot Suit Riot held strong at #20 and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's self-titled
release climbed three spots to #47.
The news was also good for current Canadian faves the Barenaked Ladies. However,
while the pop-rockers' latest album, Stunt, climbed one notch higher to #5, their
previous release Rock Spectacle slipped back five spaces to #101.
The rest of the top 10: Various Artists, Dr. Dolittle: The Album (#4); Various Artists,
City Of Angels soundtrack (#6); Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (#7);
Jermaine Dupri, Jermaine Dupri Presents: Life In 1472 (#8); 'N Sync, 'N
Sync (#9); and Brandy, Never S-A-Y Never (#10).