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JAY-Z, NICKELBACK AND ALICIA POWER THE CHART

Radio Attempts To Return To Normal
With no historical precedent, it’s really hard to say what will shake-out as Top 40 stations attempt to return to their old ways in a new world. This week, the name of the game is "catch up," as programmers sort through a three-week backlog of releases.

Released last week, Columbia’s Train and DreamWork’s Lifehouse should now feel Top 40 love, along with this week’s crop of new cuts including Jive’s Britney and Backstreet, Atlantic’s Jewel and Sugar Ray, Virgin’s Lenny Kravitz and MCA’s Shaggy.

Once again, it’s really too wacky and confusing to properly call this Top 40 derby.

On the album chart, it will be another strong week for Roc-A-Fella/IDJ’s Jay-Z, who looks like he’ll edge out the still-strong (!!!) Nickelback (Roadrunner/IDJ) for the top spot on the chart. Also, remaining strong on her way to even BIGGER sales is J’s Alicia Keys.

Among the biggest gainers of the week is Reprise’s Enya, whose "Day Without Rain" is striking a serious emotional chord with the public in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.

Album chart debuts this week include RCA Nashville’s Martina McBride, Elektra’s Gerald Levert, Atlantic’s Tori Amos, Epic’s Macy Gray and MCA’s Live.

NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
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