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"Disturbed easily topped our list this week with a solid follow-up to their debut release."
——Hastings’ Mike Fuller

REASON TO BELIEVE

#1 Disturbed and Top 10 Debuts From Disturbing Tha Peace, Lifehouse and Kenny G
As the fourth quarter gets under way, the record labels have taken down the "do not disturb" sign, as the two top debuts show buyers participating in some "disturbing" behavior. In this case, that’s a good thing.

The top two newcomers on this week’s Top 50 album chart are Reprise hard rockers Disturbed, whose Believe entered at #1, and Def Jam South/IDJ group Disturbing Tha Peace, the Ludacris offshoot that bowed at #6 with its new album, Golden Grain.

HastingsMike Fuller took out his tongue spike and nose ring and shouted: "Disturbed easily topped our list this week with a solid follow-up to their debut release. Not to mention Disturbing Tha Peace, which also debuted in our Top 10. Now, will you stop disturbing me?"

The Windy City metal mavens sold close to 300k its first week, topping Open Wide/Monument/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks and putting an end to their three-week reign at the top. Arista’s Avril Lavigne (#3), Fo’ Reel/Universal’s Nelly (#4) and Aftermath/Interscope’s Eminem (#5) round out the Top Five.

In addition to Disturbed and Disturbing, the week’s Top 10 debuts include DreamWorksLifehouse, which saw its sophomore effort, Stanley Climbfall, land at #7, and Arista sax symbol Kenny G, who broke through at #9. The latter gives L.A. Reid and company two in the Top 10 and four in the Top 15 (with Clipse at #13 and Pink at #14).

Blue Note’s Norah Jones continues her amazing rise with a 22% sales increase to land at #8, while DreamWorks Nashville country rabble-rouser Toby Keith rounds out the Top 10. Aware/Columbia singer-songwriter John Mayer’s Room for Squares continues at #18, with an 8% rise in sales, while the re-release of his indie debut album, Inside Wants Out, bows at #23. Other Top 50 debuts came from Universal Music Latino’s Spanish-language Enrique Iglesias album (#21) and a jazzy outing from Verve signing Natalie Cole (#30).

Those showing double-digit increases include American/Columbia’s System of a Down (#28), up 12% after a wave of airplay for their single "Aerials"; Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax’s Barbershop soundtrack (#29), rising 16% on the heels of the #1 grossing movie in the country; Enjoy/Universal’s Jack Johnson (#34), with a 14% increase; and Epic’s Shakira (#37), up 13%.

Next week, look for chart debuts from DGC’s Beck, RCA’s Elvis, Motown/Universal’s India.Arie, Geffen’s Peter Gabriel and Lava/Atlantic Group’s Uncle Kracker.

Added Fuller: "We’ve really been ready for the fourth quarter to start, and it’s beginning to feel like it is."

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