50 Cent Overtakes Norah Jones At No. 1
Two weeks after five Grammy wins catapulted Norah Jones' Blue Note/Capitol debut "Come Away With Me" to the top of The Billboard 200, the album suffers a 45% dip in U.S. sales to 337,000 copies, accorTwo weeks after five Grammy wins catapulted Norah Jones' Blue Note/Capitol debut "Come Away With Me" to the top of The Billboard 200, the album suffers a 45% dip in U.S. sales to 337,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and falls to No. 2. Jones swaps places with 50 Cent, whose "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Interscope) reclaims the top slot despite a 15% drop to 359,000 copies.
Fabolous' sophomore Elektra effort, "Street Dreams," crashes onto The Billboard 200 at No. 3 with 185,000 units sold, besting the first week total of his 2001 set, "Ghetto Fabolous." The latter arrived at No. 4 with 143,000 units, and has sold 1.05 million copies to date. His "Can't Let You Go" featuring Mike Shorey & Lil' Mo is a top-30 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
R. Kelly's "Chocolate Factory" (Jive) is down 29% to 169,000 units and falls to No. 4, while Lil' Kim's "La Bella Mafia" (Atlantic) enters the chart at No. 5 with 166,000 units. Her 2000 album "The Notorious Kim" arrived at No. 4. The Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Monument/Columbia) drops two slots to No. 6 with sales of 146,000 units, a 28% decline from last week. The trio continues to front Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup.
Evanescence's Wind-Up debut "Fallen" lands at No. 7 with 142,000 units. The band has a hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Bring Me To Life," a cut featured on both the new album and the Wind-Up soundtrack to "Daredevil."
Evanescence's entry pushes Kid Rock's "Cocky" (Atlantic) down one notch to No. 8 on a slight 2% decline to 104,000 units, while a pair of soundtracks round-out the top-10. Epic's "Chicago" jumps 11-9 on a 2% rise to 83,000 units, and Bloodline/Def Jam's "Cradle 2 the Grave" holds at No. 10 with 70,000 units, a 17% dip from last week.
The third volume in Razor & Tie's "Kidz Bop" series enters at No. 17 with 55,000 units, the highest debut in the series, which also includes a Christmas compilation. To date, the series has sold more than 1.2 million units. Other notable newcomers include Third Day's "Offerings II: All I Have To Give" (BMG) at No. 18 with 53,000 units, and the Ataris' major label debut "So Long Astoria" (Columbia) at No. 24 with 45,000 units. The group's 2001 album with Kung Fu Records, "End Is Forever," has sold 85,000 units to date.
Elsewhere, Josh Groban's self-titled Warner Bros. debut blasts 41-19, a 100% sales burst to 52,000 units, after his appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey" show re-aired.