Familiar tunes made registers ring at the nation’s music retailers last week as a remix collection, three hits compilations, a reshaped album and a live disc were the top 40 debuts.
Epic’s “J to Tha L-O!,” a potpourri of remixes of Jennifer Lopez songs from her first two albums, took the top slot on sales of 155,000 in the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan figures.
“Ultimate Manilow,” Arista’s collection of Barry Manilow hits from the 1970s and ’80s, made an impressive debut at No. 3 on sales of 113,000. Manilow’s profile has been increased recently: he released his first album for the jazz label Concord in December, is currently on a well-received tour and sang Friday at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Sade’s live disc, “Lovers Live” (Epic) sold 66,000 units to hit No. 10. “Totally Country,” the first edition of the “Totally Hits” series to be devoted to country music, moved 65,000 discs for BNA. In the first full week for Mary J. Blige’s revamped 2002 edition of “No More Drama,” the MCA album sold 55,000 copies. Last week’s figure – 61,000 sold – included last year’s version as well as the new one.
The annual “Grammy Nominees” pop compilation, this year issued by Universal Music Enterprises, landed at No. 32 on sales of 34,000.
The No. 1 disc for the previous four weeks, Alan Jackson’s “Drive” (Arista) slipped one slot on sales of nearly 150,000. Creed’s “Weathered” (Windup) fell two places to No. 4, selling almost 110,000 units.
U2’s halftime performance at the Feb. 3 Super Bowl powered the band’s Grammy-nominated album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” up 41 spots to No. 25 in its 67th week of release.