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"LL Cool J, Boyz II Men and Too Short...have proven that longevity can still happen within the Urban business."
—Violet Brown, Wherehouse Music

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Nelly Still On Top, Joined by LL Cool J, Boyz II Men, Barenaked Ladies
Yeeeeehaaaaaa! We said it was coming, but you just couldn't see the light at the end of that same old Top Five, which lasted for weeks and permeated your consciousness like the nasty little rash that currently permeates our Editor In Chief's groin.

Yes, folks, it's started. The fall season into the fourth quarter into the holiday buying season!!! Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, monaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

Sorry, we got a bit carried away. Here's a boring retailer quote.

"Finally, a big week of releases after a very long summer," said Valley Media's Kevin Hawkins, who oddly suffers from the same crotch rot as our Editor In Chief.

Festering lesions aside, the Kev-man is yapping about three Top Five debuts on this week's HITS Top 50 Albums chart, led by Def Jam/IDJ's LL Cool J at #2, Universal's Boyz II Men at #4 and Reprise's Barenaked Ladies at #5.

Top that off with a #11 debut for Jive's Too Short, a #13 bow for Cash Money's "Baller Blockin'" soundtrack and an impressive #19 debut for 143/Atlantic's Corrs and you've got reason for a quote from Wherehouse Music's Violet Brown:

"Three older urban artists dominated the top of our charts this week—LL Cool J, Boyz II Men and Too Short debuted at #1, 2 and3 for us. These three consistent sellers have proven that longevity can still happen within the Urban business. It's kind of unusual in today's climate."

Thank you, Violet—and stay away from Engler and our Editor In Chief. They may be contagious.

Oh, yeah, did we mention that Fo' Reel/Universal's Nelly is STILL #1?

"That's mindboggling," said Engler, scratching his…well, whatever.

WALLEN FOR THE WIN
"Dangerous" nudges "SOUR." (11/30a)
CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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