CHART BEAT BONUS

Chart-based stories on Olivia Newton-John, Abba's Benny Andersson, and multiple top-10 album debuts.

BACK WITH A CHART: Olivia Newton-John has her first charting album of the 21st century, as "Magic: The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John" (UTV) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 150. It's the first Newton-John album to chart since her Nashville-recorded "Back With a Heart" peaked at No. 59 in May 1998.

This new "Magic" set debuts almost 30 years after Newton-John made her first appearance on the Billboard album chart. "If Not For You," titled after the George Harrison/Bob Dylan-penned song, entered the week of Nov. 27, 1971, eventually reaching No. 158.

BENNY AND THE HITS: Almost 20 years after last recording together, Abba continues to sell records around the world, even hitting No. 1 in countries like the quartet's native Sweden and the U.K. Now, a member of Abba has the No. 1 album in Sweden, with newly recorded material. Benny Andersson's "Orkestra," on his own Mono Music label, jumps 5-1.

The set is mostly instrumental, and it's his first No. 1 album in Sweden since Abba's "The Visitors" went to No. 1 in 1982. "Abba Gold" has sold 25 million copies worldwide, to date.

WEEK OF THE NEW: The upper echelon of The Billboard 200 looks vastly different from last week, with six new entries in the top-10. This has happened only twice before. The week of Oct. 17, 1998, the top six debuts on the album chart were:

1. "Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life," Jay-Z
2. "Aquemini," Outkast
3. "The Love Movement," A Tribe Called Quest
5. "The Globe Sessions," Sheryl Crow
7. "The Nu Nation Project," Kirk Franklin
9. "Mean Green - Major Players Compilation," Various Artists

There were also six debuts in the top-10 the week of Dec. 5, 1998:

1. "Double Live," Garth Brooks
2. "Tical 2000: Judgement Day," Method Man
3. "Spirit," Jewel
4. "#1's," Mariah Carey
6. "Americana," The Offspring
7. "War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)," Ice Cube

By coincidence, Jay-Z also leads the way this week. Here are the top six debuts for the chart dated Sept. 29, 2001:

1. "The Blueprint," Jay-Z
2. "Silver Side Up," Nickelback
4. "Ghetto Fabolous," Fabolous
5. "Love and Theft," Bob Dylan
6. "Satellite," P.O.D.
7. "Glitter," Mariah Carey
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