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The 25th `Now That's What I Call Music' tops nation in sales.

July 26, 2007|Geoff Boucher | Times Staff Writer

THE No. 1 spot on the nation's album chart belongs to the newest edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music" series, which bundles recent radio hits by various artists for a generation of fans accustomed to setting their MP3 players on shuffle.

This edition is the 25th in the series that began in Europe and initially met industry resistance in the U.S. because of worries about cannibalizing the album sales of the included artists. Volume 25, featuring 20 hits including "Buy You a Drank" by T-Pain, "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne and "Get It Shawty" by Lloyd, sold 223,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is the 12th "Now" CD to debut at No. 1.

"Coco," the debut album from young L.A. singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, opened at No. 5 on the chart with 51,000 copies sold. Her single "Bubbly" got a major promotional lift from iTunes, which gave the song away and has discounted the album price.

Debuting at No. 13 is "Paper Walls," the third major-label album from Yellowcard, the pop-punk quintet from Jacksonville, Fla., that is perhaps best known for incorporating a violin into its signature sound. The album sold 40,000 copies.

The band Save Ferris got its name from the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and so did Rooney, the L.A. band that debuted this week at No. 42. Rooney takes its name from the principal in the movie. Its "Calling the World" sold 15,000 copies its first week.

Also new on the chart: "Do You Feel" (No. 44, 15,000) by Rocket Summer, the stage name for Texas power-pop singer Bryce Avary, and "Misery Loves Kompany" (No. 49, 13,000) from Tech N9ne Collabos, the collective headed by Tech N9ne, the rapper who has made a mark in the horrorcore scene.

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