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COLDPLAY CONTINUES TO KICK OUT THE JAMS!
This Week’s Chart is a Mixed Bag of Rock, Pop and Soul
“Rock & roll will never die” goes the age-old cliché—and it seems to be in no danger of dying on our charts, either.  Of course, rawk only represents four of the Top 10 spots this week, with hip-hop and urban coming back for battle in a major way. But that’s still mighty good for a form that the naysayers have regularly placed in the stages of rigor mortis.

Although it’s a significant drop from the spectacular 740k debut total scored two weeks ago, Capitol’s Coldplay manages to hold onto this week’s #1 spot, with nearly 179k units sold. And there seems to be no stopping Island/IDJ’s Mariah Carey, who’s up from last week’s #4 to #2, with 127k (and the album’s still only on its second single...).

On the major rock tip, Roswell/RMG’s Foo Fighters drops one position to #3, with 115k—still amazing, considering that its best chart week on prior releases was 120k. And it’s still a double album, to boot, last time we looked.

We predicted last week to watch out for Bad Boy/Atlantic’s Boyz N Da Hood, A&M/Interscope’s Keyshia Coles, Columbia’s Offspring and Universal’s Birdman aka Baby... and sure enough, all four have made it into this week’s Top 10, with the explicit Boyz not spelling all that well but still coming in at #4 with 101k; Ms. Coles in at #6, with 90k; Offspring’s greatest hits package debuting at #8, with 68k; and the Birdman flying into the #9 spot, with 63k.

Less explicit but still happenin’, the Black Eyed Peas (A&M/Interscope) maintain their #5 spot—same as last week—with 63k sold. And those much-much-less explicit (though excellent spellers) Boys of the Backstreet (Jive/ZLG) variety, drop four positions to #7, at 75k.

Rounding out the Top 10 is American/Columbia’s System of a Down, maintaining a stranglehold on the #10 position, with 61k.

Other notable debuts in this week’s Top 50 include Atlantic’s Transplants at #27; Reprise’s Uncle Fester...er, Billy Corgan at #34; and Koch’s Master P at #46.

Next week, look for chart bows from George Strait, Ying Yang Twins, Cassidy, Vivian Green, Cky, Anthony Hamilton, and Bizarre.

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