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"Huge first-week numbers show that clearly the long-term success of [the Chili Peppers’] Californification helped to build a massive demand for this new release."
——Wherehouse Music’s Bob Bell

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Nelly, Eminem Hang Out, Counting Crows Soar and Styles is Suave
Rock fans found the Way this week, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album since ’99’s Californication provided just the spice a beleaguered retail community needed.

Warner Bros.’ punk-funk progenitors blazed back to the upper regions of the HITS Top 50 Albums Chart with a kick-ass #2 bow on sales north of 275k. That’s a lot of tube socks!

Wherehouse Music’s astute Bob Bell grabbed the following quote from his storehouse of retail cliches: "Huge first-week numbers show that clearly the long-term success of Californification helped to build a massive demand for this new release."

The Chili Peppers’ surge, spiked by Best Buy’s below-cost $9.99 price last Tuesday, wasn’t enough to dislodge Fo’ Reel/Universal’s Nelly from the top spot, but it was an impressive first week nonetheless for the 20-year veterans.

And speaking of veteran rockers, Geffen/Interscope’s Counting Crows, who also benefited from Best Buy’s cut-rate pricing program, locked down the #5 spot on nearly 150k units, another indication that Rock is thriving, even if business sucks overall.

Added Bell: "Tremendous sales. I think this shows that grown-ups are still buying records."

In addition, Ruff Ryders/Interscope rap DJ Styles garnered a Top 10 bow with his debut, A Gangster and a Gentleman, entering at #6.

Best Buy’s week-long $5.99 pricing on Arista skate-pop-punk diva Avril Lavigne helped keep that album in the Top Five, boasting a robust 26% rise in sales over the previous week.

Bell woke up long enough to put in two more cents: "Avril just won’t stop. This is a true developing-artist breakthrough. No, I’m serious."

Completing the Top Five, Aftermath/Interscope hip-hop icon Eminem dropped a spot to #3, with a still-impressive mark of almost 225k for the week.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Murder Inc./IDJ’s Irv Gotti Presents… (#7), 143/Reprise’s Josh Groban, who parlayed TV appearances into a 27-8/122% rise, Murder Inc./IDJ’s Ashanti (#9) and Columbia/CRG’s Aerosmith greatest-hits album (#10).

Other heartening upward moves continue to be made by two breaking singer-songwriter newcomers: Blue Note’s Norah Jones (21-14) and Aware/Columbia’s John Mayer (23-18). Jive rapper E-40 debuted at #16.

Next week, RCA’s Dave Matthews Band, the beneficiary of this week’s Best Buy $9.99 Tuesday, will top the charts with retail sales estimates in the 500k area.

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