August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

For Snoop Dogg, da first game was to have his contract sold to No Limit by his former label, Death Row. Da next game was to have his first album under Master P’s aegis sell as well as the chart busters he made with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. Mission accomplished, more or less: Da Game Is to Be Sold … moved a hefty 519,000 copies its first week out. That’s a ways from the glory days of ’93, when the heavy-lidded rapper’s debut, Doggystyle, sold 803,000 out of the gate — but still enough for a No. 1 bow (wow).

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 — SNOOP DOGG Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit/Priority 1 2 2 SOUNDTRACK Armageddon, Columbia 7 3 1 BEASTIE BOYS Hello Nasty, Grand Royal/Capitol 4 4 5 SOUNDTRACK Dr. Dolittle, Blackground/Atlantic 8 5 6 BARENAKED LADIES Stunt, Reprise 5 6 3 SOUNDTRACK City of Angels, Warner Sunset/Reprise 19 7 8 BACKSTREET BOYS Backstreet Boys, Jive 52 8 4 JERMAINE DUPRI Life in 1472 (The Original Soundtrack), So So Def/Columbia 4 9 9 ‘N SYNC ‘N Sync, RCA 20 10 7 BRANDY Never S-A-Y Never, Atlantic 9

R&B ALBUMS

1 78 SNOOP DOGG Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit/Priority 2 2 1 JERMAINE DUPRI Life in 1472 (The Original Soundtrack), So So Def/Columbia 4 3 2 GERALD LEVERT Love & Consequences, EastWest 3 4 5 SOUNDTRACK Dr. Dolittle, Blackground/Atlantic 8 5 4 NOREAGA N.O.R.E., Penalty/Tommy Boy 6 6 3 CAM’RON Confessions of Fire, Untertainment/Epic 4 7 7 MARY J. BLIGE The Tour, MCA 2 8 9 SUNZ OF MAN The Last Shall Be First, Threat/Wu-Tang/Red Ant 3 9 12 MONICA The Boy Is Mine, Arista 4 10 11 DMX It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, Ruff Ryders/Def Jam/Mercury 12

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