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Creed weathers rivals to stay atop charts

Creed again has weathered the January sales drought, moving almost 166,000 copies of its Wind-up disc “Weathered” to stay atop the nation’s sales chart for the seventh week in a row.

And the seven Grammy nominations India.Arie received Friday put her “Acoustic Soul” (Motown) disc back in the top 200 at No. 139 on sales of 11,000, according to SoundScan information issued Sunday.

The top 10 for the week ended Sunday was jumbled a little, but the titles remained essentially the same as the previous week. Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” (Warner Bros.) remained No. 2 on sales of 124,000; Ludacris’ Def Jam disc “Word of Mouf” moved up a slot to No. 3 on sales of more than 105,000; and Nickelback’s “Silver Side Up” (Roadrunner) also gained one place to No. 4 with 103,000 units sold. The “Now! Volume 8” compilation fell two to No. 5 with 96,500 units.

Albums by Enya, Ja Rule, Pink, Nas and No Doubt rounded out the top 10. Usher’s “8701” (La Face) slid five places to No. 11.

Warners act Josh Groban, a pop singer warbling his way into Andrea Bocelli territory, saw the greatest gain, as his self-titled disc moved up 62 spaces on sales of almost 33,000 discs.

The two soundtrack discs for Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” drove into the top 200 on the heels of the release of the DVD and homevideo. The first soundtrack, on Universal’s Def Jam, sold 14,000 to get its haul to nearly 900,000 units; “More Fast and the Furious,” on sister label Island, debuted at 166 on sales of more than 9,000.

Capitol’s two Rat Pack CDs, featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., made their top 200 debuts, as “Eee-O Eleven” sold more than 11,000 (No. 138) and “Live at the Sands” (No. 147) was just under 11,000.

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