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“Faith Hill’s return to her country roots easily tops our chart this week. She’s a genuine superstar and this record should be around for the rest of the year.”
——Hastings’ George Deahl

BE DARNED YE OF LITTLE FAITH...

Faith Hill Rules the Roost, as Kidz Keep On Boppin' and America Learns How To Spell "Teairra Mari"
You gotta have a little faith—and this week, America got a lot of Faith, as U.S. consumers put country queen Faith Hill at the top of HITS slag heap. Warner Bros.’ golden gal debuts #1, with a total of 312k units sold. “Faith Hill’s return to her country roots easily tops our chart this week,” says HastingsGeorge Deahl. “She’s a genuine superstar and this record should be around for the rest of the year.”

Capitol’s Now That's What I Call Music 19 dropped one spot to #2, but the compilation of this summer’s best still sold a healthy 177k. Island/IDJ’s Mariah Carey holds onto the #3 position with a drop of only 1% in sales at 98k. And Def Jam South/IDJ’s Young Jeezy (no relation to Kraft’s Cheese Weezy) has plenty of “motivation” to remain true to his “Thug” roots, as he drop from #2 to #4 but still sells an impressive 77k.

Debuts take the next two spots: MusicLine/Roc-a-Fella/IDJ’s Teairra Mari hits big (as Yahoo! Music so humbly predicted) at #5, with 69k sold (and we bet she’s one helluva speller, too) and—the big surprise, really—Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kids 8 compilation taking the #5 spot, with 65k. (We at HITS can identify with the latter’s title; just replace the words “Kidz” and “Kids” with “Morons” and you’ll catch the drift...)

Rounding out the Top 10: Capitol’s Coldplay at #7, with 64k; A&M/Interscope’s Blackeyed Peas at #8, with 60k; RCA/RMG’s Kelly Clarkson at #9 (and actually jumping two spots—the power of touring!—with a 10% sales increase) with 59k; and those darn Gorillaz (Virgin) proving they’re one of the season’s biggest success stories, taking the #10 spot, with 53k units sold.

Other major debuts: Epic’s Natasha (“No Boris jokes, please!”) Bedingfield hitting #16, with 34k; Columbia’s The Dukes Of Hazzard soundtrack at #34 (yee-hah!), with 29k (proving the power of a strong opening weekend and, um, Jessica Simpson's "Boots"); Def Jam/IDJ’s rap pioneers Public Enemy debuting a new compilation at #46, with 21k; and Tooth & Nail’s Emery coming in at #50, with 19k.

Look for debuts next week from Staind, Tommy Lee and Nickel Creek.

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