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Counting the Charles album, UMVD is distributing five of this week’s Top 10 albums.

JACKSON'S HEIGHTS

Alan Jackson Tops Tim McGraw in Battle of Network Country Stars, While Ray Charles Maintains, Anita Baker Bows #4
The hats have it.

Arista Nashville’s Alan Jackson doesn’t have a 9/11 anthem on his new album, What I Do, but that didn’t prevent it from going to #1 in its first week, with 182k+ in sales.

Right behind it is yet another cat in a hat, Curb’s Tim McGraw, who lands in the #2 spot, with Concord’s Ray Charles, showing surprising strength in Starbucks nationwide to nail #3 with the posthumous Genius Loves Company.

Top newcomer is the comeback album from Blue Note’s newly inked Anita Baker, whose My Everything finishes #4 in its debut on the chart.

The rest of the Top 10 includes UTV’s perennial Now. Vol. 16 (#5), Geffen’s Ashlee Simpson (#6), Def Jam/IDJ’s LL Cool J (#7), Hidden Beach/Epic’s Jill Scott (#8), Octone/J/RMG’s resurgent Maroon 5 (#9) and G-Unit/Interscope’s Young Buck (#10).

Counting the Charles album, UMVD is distributing five of this week’s Top 10 albums.

The only other newcomer on the charts is Vagrant’s Let Senses Fail at #23.

Epic’s hit Garden State movie soundtrack continues to show upward mobility, moving #23-19, with sales up 5%. Maroon 5 experiences a 4% uptick, while Epic/Sony Nashville’s Gretchen Wilson rises 1%.

Next week, it’s all about Fo' Reel/Universal’s St. Louis rapper Nelly, whose Sweat and Suit albums hit retail today, with pre-release estimates running around 500k for each. Now that’s Lunatic. Also on tap, Jive’s Bowling for Soup, Interscope’s Helmet, Maverick’s Prodigy, Virgin’s The Thrills and WB’s Kasey Chambers.

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