BACK IN ‘BLACK…’

Move over, The Beatles...

BACKSTREET BOYS scored the third highest first week sales of the year in the US this week as ‘BLACK & BLUE’ shifted 1.6 million copies to go straight in at the top of the Billboard 200.

Only fellow Jive artists *NSync, with 2.4 million for ‘No Strings Attached’, and Eminem, with 1.76 million for ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, sold more on their first week.

The Backstreet Boys managed to nudge the Beatles into the second spot, despite ‘1’ selling 662,000, over 60,000 more than took it to the top last week. The Wu-Tang Clan also had a healthy week, with comeback album ‘The W’ going in at five with 301,000 sales, one place and only 5,000 units behind Tim McGraw’s ‘Greatest Hits’.

There was little other movement in the Top 20, save Erykah Badu as the only other new entry nipping in at 11 with ‘Mama’s Gun’.

Cash Money Millionaires rapper B.G.’s ‘Checkmate’ was the next highest debut at 21, followed by Enya’s chart return, at 23, with ‘A Day Without Rain’. Rappers Capone-N-Noreaga’s ‘The Reunion’ went in at 31 while 8Ball & MJG’s ‘Space Age 4 Eva’ hit 39.

Further down, Elton John snuck into the top 75, at 75, with ‘One Night Only’.