'NSYNC Rides High As Joe, Carl Thomas Debut

With sales approaching 5 million copies after just five weeks in stores, 'NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" will once again maintain its stranglehold on the top of the "Billboard" album chart next week.

According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the Orlando export sold an additional 654,000 copies of its new album to keep 'NSYNC in the number one spot on the chart. The new figures bring the album's five-week sales total to 4.8 million copies and make it very likely that the group will top 5 million next week.

The closest to competition that 'NSYNC faced came courtesy of R&B crooner Joe and his latest effort, "My Name Is Joe." The album moved more than 286,000 copies in its first week in stores to land at number two. However, Joe owes at least a bit of the record's sales steam to 'NSYNC, who guests on a track called "I Believe In You" on the album (see [article id="1430641"]"Joe Records With 'NSYNC, Talks Hardcore R&B"[/article]).

The week also sees another R&B loveman, Carl Thomas, score a top ten debut. The Bad Boy Records singer sold more than 115,000 copies of his "Emotional" in its first week in stores to debut at number nine on the chart.

The week's other notable debuts include Pink Floyd's "1980-81 - The Wall Live - Is There Anybody Out There?" at 19, Vince Gill's "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye" at 39, Tony Touch's "The Piece Maker" at 57, Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" at 99, the soundtrack to "Heavy Metal 2000" at 101, and the soundtrack to "Love & Basketball" at 115.

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