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Chart Roundup: Christina Aguilera, Obie Trice, 'Snakes On A Plane'

August 23, 2006 6:05 PM ET

• Shocker: Christina Aguilera's reinvention continues to go well in this, her first week on the charts with new record Back to Basics. The album sold 341,988 copies, and claimed the Number One spot.

• Obie Trice's Second Round's On Me sold an impressive 73,850 copies in its first week on the charts, securing the Number Eight spot.

• We loved Snakes on a Plane, but the anti-climax is seriously here. Not only did the movie not do that well at the box office, but the soundtrack debuted at a kinda blah Number 43 on the charts, selling 18,523 copies in its first week on the charts.

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

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