''Bad Boys II'' soundtrack debuts at No. 1. The all-star soundtrack sells 324,000 copies in its first week

By Brian Hiatt
July 22, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The combined starpower of 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé — as assembled by Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs — helped make the ”Bad Boys II” soundtrack the week’s top-selling album. Buoyed by the Nelly/P. Diddy hit single ”Shake Ya Tailfeather,” the soundtrack sold 324,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. As the first release from his Bad Boys Records under new distributor Universal Records, the soundtrack’s No. 1 debut marks a triumph for Combs (as well as for his fractious ”Making the Band II” group Da Band, who stopped arguing long enough to record a track for the album).

Another hip-hop hit, ”Right Thurr,” fueled the sales of the chart’s No. 2 album, ”Jackpot,” from Ludacris-affiliated rapper Chingy. The album sold 157,000 copies. It was a good week for country debuts, with veteran duo Brooks & Dunn’s ”Red Dirt Road” hitting No. 4, and singer/songwriter Pat Green landing at No. 10 with ”Wave on Wave.” For quirky neo-soulstress Macy Gray, however, it was a less pleasant week: Her third album, ”The Trouble With Being Myself,” made an unimpressive debut at No. 44.

The rest of the top 10 is: Beyonce’s month-old ”Dangerously In Love” at No. 3, Ashanti’s ”Chapter II” at No. 5, Evanescence’s ‘”Fallen” at No. 6, 50 Cent’s ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ at No. 7, Luther Vandross’ ”Dance With My Father” at No. 8, and Norah Jones’ ”Come Away With Me” at No. 10 (in its 73rd week on the chart).

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