No one dares unseat the truly bad from their lofty perch. For the second week in a row, the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack will rank #1 on the Billboard albums chart.
The disc sold close to 200,000 copies, which is nearly 30,000 more than its closest competitor. However, the figure is a significant drop from the 324,000 copies it peddled the week prior. Bad Boys II features an abundance of new songs by hip-hop icons, including Jay-Z, who offers the single "La, La, La," and Nelly and P. Diddy, who deliver the other single, "Shake Your Tailfeather."
The popularity of Internet music vendors like iTunes and BuyMusic.com, which allow fans to cherry-pick their favorite singles from numerous artists, has impacted the compilation market, but it hasn't killed it. The 13th edition of Now That's What I Call Music! is the top-ranked debut this week, selling 171,000 copies, to take the #2 slot. The last edition of the hit series debuted in April with sales of 256,000. Now 13 includes songs by pop and rap acts Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z and Nas, as well as block rockers by Godsmack, Sum 41 and Chevelle.
Half of next week's top 10 slots will be filled with debuts. Mya's third disc, Moodring, featuring Missy Elliott and Sean Paul, will take #3, having sold almost 113,000 records. In contrast, Mya's 2000 album, Fear of Flying, sold 72,000 copies in its first week.
The first Jane's Addiction studio record in almost 13 years, Strays, will debut at #4, with sales of almost 111,000, an indication that the band's alt-rock legacy is still alive and well. Jane's are currently on the road with their resurrected Lollapalooza Tour.
In its fifth week on the chart, Beyoncé's solo debut, Dangerously in Love, will drop two spots to #5, with sales of 110,000. Chingy's Jackpot will drop from #2 to #6 in its second week. And just when you thought rap metal was a dying genre, 311 leap in at #7 with their seventh studio album, Evolver, which sold almost 87,000 copies.
The rest of the top 10 will consist of country crooner Brad Paisley, whose Mud on the Tires will debut at #8; Ashanti, whose Chapter II dips four to #9; and Evanescence, who, in their 21st week on the chart, will cling onto #10.
Emo-metal band Thrice will make an impressive chart debut with their third full album, The Artist in the Ambulance, which will clock in at #16. The group is currently on the Vans Warped Tour, which wraps up August 10 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Other notable debuts include Kiss' orchestral venture, Symphony: Alive IV at #18; the third album by Eve 6, It's All in Your Head, at #27; a couple of metal albums, Superjoint Ritual's Lethal Dose of American Hatred and Queensrÿche's Tribe, at #55 and #56 respectively; and Insane Clown Violent J's Wizard of the Hood at #89.
Impressive chart climbers include Christina Aguilera, whose Stripped will wiggle up 10 positions possibly because of the airing of her TV ads for Target and her successful tour with Justin Timberlake and Black Eyed Peas, whose own Elephunk rises two to #30 in its fifth week on the chart. Also, indie emo-punk-pop rockers Brand New will climb 16 to #138.
The largest chart droppers this week are the Used, whose live, demo and outtake CD and DVD hodgepodge, Maybe Memories, is being quickly forgotten. The package will nosedive 102 spots to #186 in just its second week. In its 10th week of sale, neo-metal stalwarts Deftones' self-titled LP will drop 31 to #121.