After new albums from Rage Against The Machine, Mariah Carey, Lil' Wayne, Counting Crows, and the Foo Fighters stampeded into stores last week, Rage will come out on top when the dust clears on next week's "Billboard" album chart.According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, Rage's third album, "The Battle Of Los Angeles," sold more than 430,000 copies in its first week in stores to land the number one spot. Stepping in at number two will be Mariah Carey, whose "Rainbow" moved more than 322,000 units in week one to score that lofty debut. Hot Boy gone solo Lil' Wayne arrives at number three, after selling more than 229,000 copies of his "Tha Block Is Hot." Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week comes at number four, where a collection of entrance themes of various WWF superstars nudged out established chart heavyweights like Santana, the Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears as well as new arrivals from Counting Crows and the Foo Fighters. "WWF - The Music, Volume 4" sold more than 214,000 copies in its first week out to take the number four slot, making good on early estimates from insiders (see "H-BLOCKX Teaming With "Stone Cold" For Video As WWF Album Makes Sales Splash"). Counting Crows and Foo Fighters also score top ten debuts next week, as the Crows' "This Desert Life" debuts at eight with 129,000 copies sold, while the Foos arrive at number 10 after selling more than 111,000 copies of "There Is Nothing Left To Lose." Other notable debuts include Rosie O'Donnell's holiday album at 29, Jewel's Yuletide offering at 46, The Roots' live album "The Roots Come Alive" at 50, the Pet Shop Boys' "Nightlife" at 84, the latest edition of "VH1 Divas Live" at 90, the new metal collection "The Hard And The Heavy" at 105, Danzig's sixth album "6:66 Satan's Child" at 149, and "The Simpsons" companion album "Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons" at 197.
-- Robert Mancini