TOP 10: Yes, The Beatles' 1 is still the best-selling album in the country, moving another 215,000 copies in what is probably its final week on top, as two contenders make pushes for No. 1. Shaggy's Hot Shot continues its quest for supremacy, selling more than 203,000 copies, an increase from last week's 191,000, while the Save the Last Dance soundtrack jumps from No. 11 to No. 3, selling 172,000 copies — an increase of almost 100,000.
In at No. 4 is the fifth volume of the Now That's What I Call Music compilation series, selling more than 112,000 copies, followed by Creed's Human Clay, which moves another 102,000. Sade's Lovers Rock sells 88,000 at No. 6, while Limp Bizkit sells 85,000 copies of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at No. 7, and fans pick up almost 83,000 copies of Dido's No Angel at No. 8. Outkast's Stankonia comes in at No. 9, selling 78,334, barely outdistancing Lenny Kravitz's Greatest Hits, which rounds out the Top 10 with sales of 78,235.
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Well … there weren't any. In fact, in the Top 200, there's only one new entry — Alabama's When It All Goes South, which sells just shy of 38,000 at No. 37.
MILESTONES: If The Beatles' 1 can sell another 190,000 copies this week, it will cross the 6 million sales mark in the United States — not bad for only 11 weeks on the charts. Creed's Human Clay is a week away from hitting 9 million, while Sade's Lovers Rock will hit 2 million next week, and Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish hits 4 million this week.
MOVIN' ON UP: With Shaggy and Save the Last Dance as high-profile exceptions, sales were, once again, down across the board. Still, there are a few acts whose fortunes fare better at the record stores and on the charts. Ja Rule's Rule 3:36 moves up two spots to No. 12, selling 70,000 copies, while Ludacris' Back for the First Time jumps three notches to No. 14, with sales of 65,000. And the latest Top 10 contender, Crazy Town, sells more than 60,000 copies of Gift of Game at No. 16 — a healthy move from No. 46 two weeks ago.
AIN'T GOT NO ALIBI: The week's biggest jump, however, comes from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack, which moves from No. 110 a week ago to No. 39, selling almost 36,000 copies — a considerable change from last week's 12,000.
BOTTOM FEEDING: This week's No. 200: Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball, which sells 5,183 copies to earn the distinction.