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Chart Roundup: Rick Ross, Breaking Benjamin, Slayer

August 16, 2006 9:22 PM ET

• Miami rapper Rick Ross, whose hit single "Hustlin'" has sold more than a million ringtones, moved 187,269 copies of his album (featuring Jay-Z) its first week out.

• Pennsylvania post-grunge rockers Breaking Benjamin, who spent the summer on the road with Staind, sold 124,790 copies of their third album its first week on shelves.

• The first Slayer album in 16 years to feature the original lineup seems to have reignited the group's fanbase. Their latest, Rick Rubin-produced effort sold 62,449 units — their best since 1994.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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