Although the time leading up to an artist's album release is normally filled with excitement, the weeks prior to the Sept. 27 arrival of Lil' Kim's latest album, "The Naked Truth" (Atlantic), have surely been bittersweet. Read Ivory Jones' column.
Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows atop The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a career-best sales week of 264,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also unseats Disturbed's "Ten Thousand Fists" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as that set slips to No. 8 this week with a 61% slide to 92,000.