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"Madonna had a great first week, proving once again just how durable a superstar that she is. We expect her to enjoy solid sales throughout the summer."
——Homer’s rep Rick Galusha
SOLD AMERICAN!!
The Top 10 is Basically Status Quo Except for Madonna, Whose Material Gains Include a #1 Album Bow
Oh say can you see…this week’s #1 album?

The stars and stripes, now flying over downtown Baghdad, unfurled for this week’s Top 10, too, as Madonna’s new WB album, American Life, landed at the top spot, while last week’s first-place finisher, RCA’s American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson, was #3. Yet another stateside patriot, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope rapper 50 Cent was back up to #2 with his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album, while his DVD + CD hybrid was #10.

Homer’s rep Rick Galusha took the post-Easter weekend sales doldrums particularly hard, though he immediately set his sights on Memorial Day after coming down from his Peeps sugar high: "Madonna had a great first week, proving once again just how durable a superstar that she is. We expect her to enjoy solid sales throughout the summer, at least according to my Kabbalah instructor."

The rest of the Top 10 was filled up by the red, white and blue, too, with WB’s Linkin Park (#4), WSM’s Cher (#5), Wind-up’s Evanescence (#6) and Blue Note’s Norah Jones (#7) giving the good ol’ USA a chart hegemony. Only the half-American/half-English Fleetwood Mac (#8) and Capitol’s multi-cultural Now 12 (#10) prevented a complete sweep, even if the Material Girl now lives in England.

Landspeed/Koch rap veterans Mobb Deep were the other top newcomer to the charts, coming in at #13 with their new album, Free Agents: The Murder Mix Tape.

Teenpop icon and TV star Hilary Duff proved her staying power with the Walt Disney Records soundtrack to her upcoming Lizzie McGuire Movie bowing at #18.

Galusha says he has no idea who Duff is, but he loves her beer. "The Lizzie McGuire soundtrack delivered some very nice sales a week before the movie hits. Of course, I prefer Amanda Bynes myself, but different strokes for different folks. Ah, strike that last remark, will ya?"

Other chart debuts were scored by Spitfire’s Black Label Society, featuring Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde (#44), and Lava/Atl. G.’s Blue Man Group, whose label debut, The Complex, entered at #45.

While most titles were down compared to the previous chart, which got a major boost from the always-hopping Easter weekend, upward chart moves were registered by Cher (10-5), Evanescence (11-6), Atlantic’s Lil’ Kim (33-23), DreamWorksA.F.I. (31-26), Open Wide/Monument/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks (37-27) and WB punk sleepers Trapt (41-36).

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