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"Dave Matthews continues to show that he has one of the most active fan bases in the nation. This kind of heat on his first-week sales, in what has been a very soft marketplace, is profound."
——Hastings’ Mike Fuller

STUFF HAPPENS!!!

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Maybe this whole piracy threat isn’t so bad after all.

RCA’s much-bootlegged Dave Matthews Band album, Busted Stuff—which includes re-recorded versions of some of the songs from the band's sessions with Steve Lillywhite, shelved last year in favor of the more song-oriented, Glen Ballard-helmed Everyday—stormed the charts with a #1 bow this week, moving more than 610k units in the process.

HastingsMike Fuller miraculously chewed gum and gave the following quote at the same time: "Dave Matthews continues to show that he has one of the most active fan bases in the nation. This kind of heat on his first-week sales, in what has been a very soft marketplace, is profound."

With Matthews leading the way, the Top Five albums—Fo’ Reel/Universal’s Nelly (#2), Aftermath/Interscope’s Eminem (#3), WB’s Red Hot Chili Peppers (#4) and Arista’s skateboard pop princess Avril Lavigne (#5)—all sold more than 100k.

All told, UMG boasted six of the Top 10 albums, including Geffen’s Counting Crows (#6), Murder Inc./IDJ’s Ashanti (#8) and Irv Gotti Presents (#9) and Ruff Ryders/Interscope’s Styles (#10).

Meanwhile, Capitol’s newest rock hitmakers, The Vines, utilized the label’s comprehensive marketing/promotion campaign, along with a #3 bow in the U.K. charts, to score the week’s second-highest debut at #13, with just south of 55k in sales.

Added Fuller as he read from the teleprompter: "The setup job that the entire Capitol team, and especially Joe McFadden, did on The Vines was incredible. These guys have got to be considered one of the breakthrough bands of the year."

Blue Note’s Norah Jones (#14) and Aware/Columbia’s John Mayer (#15), neck and neck for weeks, both showed double-digit sales increases, with Jones breaking 50k for the first time and Mayer just missing the milestone mark.

Other chart newcomers included DreamWorks Nashville’s Darryl Worley (#19), Universal’s Robert Plant (#33), Maverick/Reprise’s Austin Powers in Goldmember soundtrack (#47), Columbia’s Mary Mary (#48) and WB’s Flaming Lips (#50).

Among next week’s big debuts will be Epic’s Now Vol. 10, Cash Money/Universal hip-hop wunderkind Lil Wayne, Geffen hard-rockin’ baby band TRUSTCompany, J Records newcomer Mario and Arista’s Boyz II Men.

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