Needless to say, P. Diddy couldn’t have picked a more perfect CD to herald the return of his dormant Bad Boy imprint than the soundtrack to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s action pic. Driven by P.’s ditty with Nelly, ”Shake Ya Tailfeather,” the disc debuted at No. 1, finding 324,000 like-minded bad boys and girls. St. Louis rapper Chingy — whose name means money — landed ”Right Thurr” at No. 2 with Jackpot, selling 157,000 drawl-dropping units and pocketing some more chingy. Meanwhile, 114,000 fans took Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road to a No. 4 debut.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — VARIOUS ARTISTS Bad Boys II soundtrack, Bad Boy/Universal 1 2 — CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 1 3 2 BEYONCE Dangerously in Love, Columbia 4 4 — BROOKS & DUNN Red Dirt Road, Arista Nashville 1 5 1 ASHANTI Chapter II, Murder Inc./Def Jam 3 6 3 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 20 7 5 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 24 8 4 LUTHER VANDROSS Dance With My Father, J 6 9 8 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 73 10 — PAT GREEN Wave on Wave, Universal 1 11 6 MICHELLE BRANCH Hotel Paper, Maverick 4 12 12 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 17 13 7 METALLICA St. Anger, Elektra 7 14 10 CHER The Very Best of Cher, Warner Bros. 16 15 13 KELLY CLARKSON Thankful, RCA 14
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IN STORES AUGUST 5
IN STORES AUGUST 5
SMASH MOUTH Get the Picture (Interscope) Neil Diamond wrote the first single, ”You Are My Number One,” for the novelty-embracing act’s fourth CD.
WYNONNA What the World Needs Now Is Love (Curb) No, the country star is not doing Bacharach. But she is prescribing a familiar prescription for this bitter orb’s ills — and covering Elvis’ ”Burning Love.”
JUNIOR SENIOR D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat (Atlantic) You’ve probably seen the Danish duo’s loopy ”Move Your Feet” video and moved more than that, compelled by its irresistible b-b-beat.
ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND Unclassified (Dare/Warner Bros.) The pedal-steel guitarist steps out with a debut studio effort packed with funk and plenty of divine inspiration.
IN THE STUDIO
ERYKAH BADU, in the Bahamas, fine-tuning her third studio album, Worldwide Underground, which was recorded in New York and Dallas. Badu produced ”Danger,” the first single from the disc, due Sept. 16.