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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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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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