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"The O Brother soundtrack was a phenomenon before the Grammys. Now, there’s no telling what it can do, and for how long it can do it."
——Vince Szydlowski, Virgin Retail Group
BROTHER’S YOUR DADDY!!!
Great First Week for Brandy, but Not Great Enough to Get Her to #1
It was a triumphant homecoming. The little girl who once captured our hearts returns a married, pregnant adult—and returns to the top of the chart. Well, almost to the top of the chart.

O Brother, was this a close one.

Yes folks, in a rat fight that went down to the wire, the darling of the recent Grammy Awards, Lost Highway’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, kept its post-Grammy momentum, edging out Atlantic’s Brandy for the #1 spot on this week’s Top 50 Albums chart. "Atlantic did a stellar job setting this one up. This just wasn’t about an old fan base showing up," said Virgin Retail Group’s Vince Szydlowski, who is changing his name to Mike Szydlowski, so people will have an easier time spelling it. "The O Brother soundtrack was a phenomenon before the Grammys. Now, there’s no telling what it can do, and for how long it can do it."

Rounding out this week’s Top Five are last week’s chart-topper, Maverick’s Alanis Morissette, at #3; Arista Nashville’s Alan Jackson, whose sales jumped 16% this week, at #4; and Warner Bros.’ still-remarkable Linkin Park in the fifth spot.

Other big gainers this week were Def Jam South/IDJ’s Ludacris (11-7), Arista’s Pink (12-8) and Usher (16-11), Roadrunner/IDJ’s Nickelback (14-10) and Epic’s Shakira (27-16).

Hitting the streets on Tuesday and debuting on next week’s album chart is the new one from Epic’s B2K—which will contend for #1—as well as the remix album from Destiny’s Child (Columbia), the soundtrack to Blade II (Immortal/Virgin), and new ones from the Corrs (Atlantic), the Eels (DreamWorks) and N.E.R.D. (Virgin).

BIEBER ALBUM DROPPING ON VALENTINE'S DAY
There's a tour too. (1/28a)
KEN TELLS ALL
Mr. Ehrlich talks about Kobe, the Academy and Fame. (1/28a)
AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO...
The list. (1/28a)
TREVOR DANIEL SIGNS TO PULSE
Pubco's first big inking post-deal. (1/28a)
HOW THE GRAMMYS BROUGHT THE HEALING
We use words like 'gravitas." (1/28a)
SUPER BOWL!
It's apparently some kind of sporting event.
HOW DOES GRAMMY MOVE ON?
From scandal to ... status quo?
VALENTINE'S DAY
The price of love must be carefully calculated. (Cough, Bieber tickets, cough.)
JOHN BOLTON TO TESTIFY!
Just kidding. Mitch and Lindsey won't let that happen.
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