Country star Garth Brooks kept his iron grip on the #1 slot on the Billboard 200
albums chart with Double Live, a heavily promoted two-CD collection that has
gone double platinum in just three weeks.
The record-setting release continued to dominate the top 10, selling more than 400,000
additional copies during the past week. That contributed to the album's current total of
more than 2 million records sold.
But with no new releases making their presence known, the upper echelons of the chart
remained relatively stagnant. While record retailers may be busy recording sales during
the holiday shopping season, that was not yet reflected in this week's chart.
For the first time in five weeks, no album debuted in the chart's top 10. In fact, none
debuted in the top 100, as No Limit rapper Full Blooded saw his Memorial Day
take the #112 slot on sales of 21,776 -- the highest debut of the week.
The last time no album debuted in the top 10 was Nov. 7, when heavy-metal icons Black
Sabbath fell just short at #11 with Reunion, a live album.
Brooks' Double Live set the record for the most copies sold in a week when
SoundScan -- the company that tracks record sales -- reported that it sold 1.08 million
copies in the week ending Nov. 22. Once again, it sold more than any record. The
two-CD set sold 423,332 copies in the week ending Dec. 6, according to SoundScan,
bringing its three-week total to 2,158,201.
Last week's highest debut, Garage Inc. from heavy-metal heroes Metallica, slid
slightly but held tight in the top 10. The two-CD collection of covers, including versions of
mainstream rocker Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" (RealAudio excerpt)
and southern guitar-slingers Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone," moved from #2 to #5
on sales of 204,993. Its two-week total now stands at 631,431.
"I've been listening to it pretty much non-stop since I got it," Metallica fan Wayne
Simpson, 27, wrote about the album in an e-mail. "I think it has done well because
there's a lot of new fans who haven't been able to get their hands on the stuff on the CD
that was previously released."
With Metallica in the #5 spot, pop diva Celine Dion moved up from #3 to #2 with
These Are Special Times; pop singers 'N Sync's self-titled debut climbed from #6
to #3; and singer/songwriter Jewel held tight at #4 with Hands.
The bottom half of the top 10 was a big game of musical chairs.
The late gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur's Greatest Hits slid from #5 to #6, while
pop singer Mariah Carey's No. 1's held tight at #7 and pop vocalists Backstreet
Boys inched from #9 to #8 with their self-titled debut. 'N Sync appear again at #9 with
Home for Christmas, while pop-country star Shania Twain's Come On Over
jumped back into the #10 spot from last week's #14.
Aside from Full Blooded, there were not many notable debuts on the Billboard
200 albums chart.
At #142 was the various-artist compilation N.W.A Anniversary Tribute, a
song-by-song cover of gangsta-rap pioneers N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton.
The album, which features Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's version of
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169,924 copies in its first week of release.
Further down the chart, pop-country vet Kenny Rogers checked in at #166 with
Christmas From the Heart, while Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Shawn
Colvin landed at #181 with Holiday Songs and Lullabies.