The Dixie Chicks blast straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after their latest Monument/Columbia, "Home," sold a whopping 780,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. One of six top-20 entries on
The Dixie Chicks blast straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after their latest Monument/Columbia, "Home," sold a whopping 780,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. One of six top-20 entries on the chart, "Home" notched the third biggest sales week of the year, behind only the first two full weeks of Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), which dips to No. 2. Fittingly, "Home" also lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
It's by far the biggest sales week of the Chicks' career; Garth Brooks is the only country artist who has sold more in a single week. The first week total for "Home" more than doubles the trio's previous best: 341,000 units for the first week of "Fly" in September 1999. Collectively, "Fly" and the Chicks' debut set, "Wide Open Spaces," have sold 15.2 million copies in the U.S.
The group's single "Long Time Gone" peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, and currently rests at No. 9. A rare, commercially released single has sold 127,000 units to date, which helped propel it to a No. 7 peak on Billboard's Hot 100, where it is No. 23 this week. The second single from "Home," a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," is up 32-24 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Back on The Billboard 200, Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Capitol) bows gracefully at No. 5 on the strength of 141,000 copies sold. It's an impressive sophomore entry for the British group, whose debut effort, "Parachutes," entered at No. 189 in December 2000. The album later peaked at No. 51, and has sold more than 1.2 million units. The group's single, "In My Place," is No. 18 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally.
Right behind the Brits is the latest from Eve, whose "Eve-Olution" (Ruff Ryders/Interscope) sold 123,000 units and lands at No. 6 on The Billboard 200. While it's good enough to also take the top spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the number is less than the 162,000 sold by her 2001 effort "Scorpion," which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 4. Still, the album is set up to be a steady seller, as first single "Gangsta Lovin'" featuring Alicia Keys is a multi-format smash. It's up 4-2 on the Hot 100, and 5-4 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Two rappers debut just outside the top-10 of The Billboard 200, led by Lil' Flip's "Underground Legend" (Suckafree/Loud/Columbia) at No. 12. After moving 68,000 units, Lil' Flip is underground no more, earning his best week ever on the big chart and a No. 4 entry on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. His 2000 effort, "The Leprechann," didn't crack The Billboard 200, but peaked at No. 95 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Trina also achieves a career high as her "Diamond Princess" (Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic) shoots to No. 14 on The Billboard 200 after selling 67,000 units. Her 2000 set "Da Baddest Bitch" peaked at No. 33. "Princess" is No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, even though the set's lead single, "No Panties" featuring Tweet, barely cracked the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks count last month, squeaking in at No. 88 before disappearing.
Southern California hard rock band Queens Of The Stone Age pummel into the top-20 of The Billboard 200 at No. 17, selling nearly 50,000 units of "Songs for the Deaf" (Interscope). It's a magnificent feat, considering that the group has never entered the big chart and its radio single "Millionaire" isn't getting much play. Pre-release buzz, centered on the fact that most of the new album was recorded with the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl behind the drum kit, and incessant touring, some of which featured Grohl, fueled a long overdue foray into the upper echelon of The Billboard 200.
BBMak enters the chart at No. 25 with "Into Your Head" (Hollywood), while the group's "Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail, holding this week at No. 56. The group's 2001 effort "Sooner or Later" debuted at No. 38 on The Billboard 200.
Other entries on The Billboard 200 include Montgomery Gentry's "My Town" (Columbia Nashville) at No. 26, and the Epic soundtrack to "Barbershop," which slides in at No. 30. Slightly further down, singer/songwriter Aimee Mann checks in at No. 35 with "Lost in Space" (Superego), a new peak for her solo career.
The MTV Video Music Awards  exerted some influence on music buyers, as big winner Eminem, who walked away with four awards, saw "The Eminem Show" register a 2% sales gain to 176,000 units, even though the album slips to No. 2 behind the Dixie Chicks. Em's latest single "Cleanin' Out My Closet" is up 7-5 on the Hot 100 and 17-14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, while the video for "Without Me" is still the most played clip on MTV.
Teen pop star Avril Lavigne, who won best new artist in a video, saw a 16% sales gain to 150,000 units with "Let Go." It was the best sales week to date for the Arista album, which holds at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. Her single "Complicated" previously reached No. 2 on the Hot 100, and with second single "Sk8er Boi" starting to take off at top-40 radio, the cut enters the Hot 100 at No. 72, the tally's top debut.
MTV VMA viewer's choice award winner Michelle Branch earned a 10% sales boost for "The Spirit Room" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), prompting a 61-55 gain on The Billboard 200. Elsewhere, the White Stripes, whose animated clip "Fell in Love with a Girl" won three awards, bounce 105-96 on a 28% sales burst for "White Blood Cells" (Third Man/V2).
Over on the singles charts, Nelly still rules, as his "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a fifth week in a row. The same cut has control of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally for a fourth-straight week.
The fastest-growing track at radio on the Hot 100 is Cam'ron's "Hey Ma" featuring Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Toya, which sprints 36-21. The cut is No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks roundup, and Cam'ron's "Come Home with Me" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) is No. 75 on The Billboard 200 and No. 27 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Some notable entries on the Hot 100 include Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" at No. 75, Clipse's "When the Last Time" at No. 85, and Luther Vandross' "I'd Rather" at No. 87.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" notches a 12th week atop Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and a sixth at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally. The track slips 35-44 on the Hot 100, while the band's Warner Bros. album of the same name slides 21-24 on The Billboard 200.
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