OutKast Leads Nine New Top-20 Chart Entries
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - In a massive week for new
releases, OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
muscled out tough competition from Dave Matthews and Limp
Bizkit to bow atop the Billboard 200 album chart, according to
Nielsen SoundScan sales data issued Wednesday.
The Arista album sold 509,600 copies in the U.S. during the week ended Sept. 28, leading nine albums into the top-20.
For the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo of Big Boi and Andre
3000, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" represents the act's
second-strongest sales week on the chart. It's an impressive
feat, considering the two-disc package contains a solo album
from each respective member.
Yet fans proved eager to follow the duo on its artistic
detour, and the album, which was given an enticing price of $10
by some mass retailers, fell just short of the 526,000 copies
"Stankonia" sold when it debuted in late 2000. The latter has
since sold about 3.9 million units. Current single "The Way You
Move," from the Big Boi portion of the collection, is a top-30
hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
At No. 2 was the first solo effort from Dave Matthews,
"Some Devil" (RCA). The album sold 469,000 copies, which put it
in the same league as the albums Matthews records with his
eponymous group. The Dave Matthews Band's "Busted Stuff,"
released in August 2002, bowed at No. 1 with 622,000 copies,
and has sold 1.8 million to date.
The latest from hard rock act Limp Bizkit, "Results May
Vary," did not come close to matching the first week sales
total of 2000's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored
Water." But the Geffen/Interscope release moved a mighty
325,000 copes to land at No. 3. The group's previous album sold
more than 1 million units when it debuted, and has since sold
6.5 million copies. The single "Eat You Alive" is at No. 22 on
Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.
R. Kelly remains unscathed by recent scandals. His "The R.
in R&B Collection, Vol. 1" (Jive) arrived at No. 4 with 250,000
copies. The hits package follows closely on the heels of the
artist's "Chocolate Factory," which debuted at No. 1 in
February with 523,000 copies and has sold 2.2 million units to
Rapper Obie Trice, who received a production hand from
Eminem on his Shady/Interscope debut, "Cheers," entered at No.
5 with 226,000 copies. The single "Got Some Teeth" is No. 13 on
Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.
The third effort from Canadian quartet Nickelback, "The
Long Road" (Roadrunner), entered at No. 6 with 200,000 copies.
This bests the first week of the band's 2001 album "Silver Side
Up," which sold 178,000 units when it entered at No. 2. The
latter has sold 4.7 million units to date. New single "Someday"
is No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Last week's chart topper, DMX's "Grand Champ" (Def Jam),
fell to No. 7 in its second week on the chart. Sales tumbled
52% to 150,000 copies, bringing its two-week total to about
The first full-length from rapper Murphy Lee, "Murphy's
Law" (Universal), landed at No. 8 with 135,000 copies. The
artist has been a guest on some high-profile releases,
including the former Hot 100 No. 1 "Shake Ya Tailfeather."
Lee's own "Wat Da Hook Gon Be" featuring Jermaine Dupri is No.
14 on Hot Rap Tracks.
John Mayer's "Heavier Things" (Aware/Columbia) hung in with
all the new releases, falling five places to No. 9 in its third
week. Total sales rose to about 576,000 copies.
Teen star Hilary Duff rounded out the top-10 with her Buena
Vista debut, "Metamorphosis." The set fell five places on a 7%
sales dip to 117,000, giving each album in the top-10 a sales
total higher than 100,000 units. To date, "Metamorphosis" has
sold about 683,000 copies.
Rob Zombie's hits set "Past, Present & Future" (Geffen)
arrived at No. 11 with 94,000 copies. His 2001 album "The
Sinister Urge" arrived at No. 8 with 150,000 copies.
Rock act Fuel entered at No. 15 with its latest, "Natural
Selection" (Epic). The album sold 71,000 copies, besting the
first week of its 2000 effort "Something Like Human." The
latter entered at No. 17 and has sold 1.8 million to date.
Other notable entries on the chart included Anthony
Hamilton's "Comin' From Where I'm From" (Arista) at No. 33 with
33,000 copies; Pantera's "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the
Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits" (Elektra) at No. 38 with
29,000 copies; Baby Bash's "The Smokin' Nephew" (Universal) at
No. 48 with 23,000 copies; Elvis Costello's "North" (Deutsche
Grammophon) at No. 57 with 21,000 copies; and Emmylou Harris'
"Stumble into Grace" (Nonesuch) at No. 58 also with about
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