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"It’s an AOL Music smash and we think the album will be big on AOL for many months to come."
——Jack Isquith, AOL Music, on Rod Stewart
HOT ROD!
Rock Veteran Finds Croon to Move, with Nelly #2, as Jimmy Eat World, Brooks & Dunn Debut Top 10
Rod the Mod is now a full-fledged crooner.

Rock veteran Rod Stewart’s Stardust, the third J/RMG installment of his Great American Songbook series, debuts at #1 this week, with almost 250k in sales.

His previous edition debuted at #2 back in October ’03 with more than 200k in sales, but this album surpasses that total, thanks in part to an extensive AOL Music promotional push which included a live streamed concert from N.Y.’s legendary Apollo Theatre.

AOL Music Executive Director of Music Industry Relations Jack Isquith said more than 800k subscribers have tuned in to see the show since it went up on the service. "The broadcast has really hit a nerve with our audience. Rod’s live version of ‘Wonderful World’ brought the house down. It’s an AOL Music smash and we think the album will be big on AOL for many months to come."

Fo’ Reel/Universal hip-hop icon Nelly’s Suit, bolstered by the multi-format smash "Over and Over," with country star Tim McGraw, has jumped back up to #2. Meanwhile, Concord’s Ray Charles tribute duets disc is surging at #5, with a huge 60% jump, thanks to this Friday’s opening of the Jamie Foxx-starring biopic and last week’s prime-time CBS TV special.

In addition to Stewart, the other newcomers to the Top 10 include Interscope emo-rockers Jimmy Eat World (#6) and RLG’s Brooks & Dunn Greatest Hits (#7).

Holdovers include last week’s two-time chart-topper, MCA Nashville’s George Strait (#3), LaFace/ZLG’s repackaged Usher (#4), Buena Vista/Hollywood’s Hilary Duff (#8), Epic’s Celine Dion (#9) and Curb’s Tim McGraw (#10).

Veteran Hoosier rocker John Mellecamp’s UTV hits retrospective is the week’s other top debut at #11, followed by Anti’s Elliot Smith (#23), Cash Money/Universal’s Juvenile (#25), Rhino/Atlantic/WMG SoundtracksRay (#27), Mercury Nashville’s Pat Green (#34) and Virgin’s Asian rapper Jin (#40).

The 60% rise for Charles’ Genius Loves Company tops the list of gainers this week, with Nelly’s Suit up 5%. Curb’s McGraw, Epic/Sony Nashville’s Gretchen Wilson and Epic’s Los Lonely Boys also show incremental growth.

Next week, expect Def Jam/Zomba/IDJ’s Jay-Z/R. Kelly album to debut at the top, with Lava/Atlantic’s Simple Plan the second-leading newcomer.

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