Alanis 'Sweeps' Away Chart Competition

With her latest Maverick release, "Under Rug Swept," Alanis Morissette whisks her way to the top of The Billboard 200 this week, after posting first week sales of 215,000 copies, according to SoundSca

With her latest Maverick release, "Under Rug Swept," Alanis Morissette whisks her way to the top of The Billboard 200 this week, after posting first week sales of 215,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The total was just enough to edge out last week's Grammy winner for album of the year, the Lost Highway soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which zooms 15-2 on the album chart following a massive 259% sales burst to 209,000 units.

"Under Rug Swept," Morissette's third consecutive studio album to reach the chart pinnacle, is far behind the 469,000 units her 1998 set "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" logged in its entry week. "Junkie" has sold about 2.5 million copies to date, while her Maverick debut, "Jagged Little Pill," has sold nearly 13.9 million units, making it one of the 15 best-selling albums ever. The new album's lead single, "Hands Clean," is No. 26 on The Billboard Hot 100.

The "O Brother" soundtrack, recognized with four Grammys last week, has one of the largest gains in SoundScan's 11-year history, bringing it to a new peak position after 62 weeks on The Billboard 200. The album easily recaptures its perch atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, a post it is holding for its 27th non-consecutive week. Its one slot-jump to No. 1 ends the six-week reign of Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista/Nashville), which falls to No. 2 on Top Country Albums and 3-6 on The Billboard 200.

A number of other artists benefited from the Grammy telecast. Alicia Keys, who won five awards, rockets 20-4 on The Billboard 200 with "Songs in a Minor" (J) after a 115% sales blast to 103,000 units. Four-time winner U2 sees its Interscope album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" receive a 125% sales eruption to 81,000 units and a 21-10 jump. Despite the fact that India.Arie failed to win in her seven nominated categories, her Motown debut "Acoustic Soul" was the beneficiary of a 100% increase to 67,000 units, giving it a 32-14 gain on the chart.

While it was expected for Morissette to shoot to No. 1 and for the Grammys to make a big chart impact, this week's biggest surprise comes from Australian dance diva Kylie Minogue, whose Capitol set "Fever" burns its way to No. 3 on the strength of 115,000 units sold. This is only the second album from the international superstar to reach the chart. Her album "Kylie" (Geffen) -- driven by the single "Locomotion" -- peaked at No. 53 in 1989, and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies. A new hit single accompanies her return, as "Can't Get You Out of My Head" scoots 12-10 on the Hot 100.

Cher scores the highest debut of her 37-year career with her Warner Bros. set "Living Proof," selling a healthy 82,000 units to arrive at No. 9 on The Billboard 200. Her 1998 album "Believe" entered at No. 139 in 1998 with sales of just 12,000 units, but the similarly titled blockbuster single spurred the set to a No. 4 peak and eventual U.S. sales of 3.4 million units.

Charting for the first time is critically acclaimed New York-based turntable act the X-Ecutioners, whose Loud/Columbia release "Built From Scratch" scurries its way to No. 15. The album has generated a hit at rock radio with "It's Goin' Down" featuring Linkin Park, up one slot to No. 17 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week. The presence of the hard rock act accounts for the album's heavy sales in crossover markets, but in the urban field it doesn't fare quite as well, landing at No. 13 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.

The top new entry on that chart is Nappy Roots' "Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz" (Atlantic) at No. 3. The album also bows at No. 31 on The Billboard 200, which also sports new entries from Plus One's "Obvious" (Atlantic) at No. 29, Sharissa's "No Half Steppin'" (Motown) at No. 44, and the Gorillaz remix album "G Sides" (Parlophone/Virgin) at No. 84.

Last week's top debut, "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Centric/Zomba), suffered a 33% sales drop to 61,000 units and slides 4-18. The album's sales numbers were strong enough, however, for the gospel star to hang on to No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums roundup.

Jennifer Lopez, who last week captured double No. 1s on The Billboard Hot 100 and The Billboard 200, maintains only one this week. Her single "Ain't it Funny" featuring Ja Rule begins its second-straight week on top of the Hot 100, while her remix album, "J to Tha L-O!" (Epic) dips 1-7 on The Billboard 200, on a 14% loss to 81,000 units.

Ja Rule again is No. 2 on the Hot 100 with "Always on Time" featuring Ashanti, the latter of whom secures the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio with "Foolish," up this week 29-20. "Foolish" cruises 13-6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)" enters a second-straight week at No. 1.

The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is "Uh Huh" from boy band B2K, rising 50-44. The top debut arrives from Shakira, whose "Underneath Your Clothes" crawls in at No. 70. Other notable newcomers include Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" at No. 71, P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl" featuring Usher & Leon at No. 74, Maxwell's "This Woman's Work" at No. 75, Alan Jackson's "Drive (for Daddy Gene)" at No. 78, and Nickelback's "Too Bad" at No. 79.

On Billboard's rock airplay charts, Puddle Of Mudd's "Blurry" enters its fifth-straight week at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and its eighth in command of the Modern Rock Tracks tally.