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Bon Jovi Can't Bounce Elvis

"30 #1 Hits" Number One for third straight week

October 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Three weeks in stores and Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits remains the best-selling album in the country. The King's collection of repackaged classics sold 205,000 copies, according to SoundScan, to push it's sales past 1 million copies.

And E has had some formidable competition. Last week 30 #1 Hits held off the Rolling Stones' own collection, Forty Licks (which fell to Number Three with sales of 147,000 this week), and this week it topped Bon Jovi's Bounce, which still moved 160,000 copies to jump in at Number Two. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers latest, The Last DJ, was the only other Top Ten newcomer, selling 74,000 copies at Number Nine.

But debuts were still plentiful. Aussie country star Keith Urban sold 67,000 copies of Golden Road (Number Eleven), while Chevelle's Wonder What's Next (Number Fourteen, 61,000 copies sold), the Jurassic 5's Power in the Numbers (Number Fifteen, 59,000), Jennifer Love Hewitt's Barenaked (Number Thirty-seven, 27,000) and Heather Headley's This Is Who I Am (Number Thirty-eight, 26,000) all made strong debuts.

Despite a strong run thus far, and with stocking-stuffer potential to carry it through the rest of the year, next week looks to end the King's reign at Number One, as Faith Hill's Cry should muster enough sales this week to put her on top.

This week's Top Ten: Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits; Bon Jovi's Bounce; the Rolling Stones' Forty Licks; Avril Lavigne's Let Go; Nelly's Nellyville; the Dixie Chicks' Home; Eminem's The Eminem Show; Xzibit's Man vs. Machine; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' The Last DJ; and American Idol.

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