The Dixie Chicks' Home took the expected Week Two dive, but the record's sales of 367,000, according to SoundScan, were enough to keep it at Number One, push its cumulative sales to more than 1 million after two weeks of release, and more than double the next best album, Eminem's The Eminem Show, which moved 179,000. In the rapper's defense, however, The Eminem Show is displaying sturdy legs, with its second consecutive week with a sales increase.
The rest of the Top Ten looks much like it did last week, with the exception of Norah Jones' Come Away With Me, which, twenty-eight weeks after its release, finally broke in at Number Six with sales of 75,000. Debuts were few, as Aaron Carter's Another Earthquake made the week's biggest splash, selling 41,000 at Number Eighteen, the only newcomer to crack the Top 100, save the Ozzfest 2002 compilation, which sold 15,000 copies at Number Eighty-two.
A few albums enjoyed sales jumps: Imagine, a posthumously released collection of live material by Eva Cassidy, bounded from Number 105 to Number Thirty-two with sales of 27,000. System of a Down Toxicity enjoyed an 8,000-copy jump from Number Forty-two to Number Twenty-four. And John Mayer's Room for Squares jumped back into the Top Twenty at Number Fifteen, with sales of 51,000.
But for the most part, sales were on the downswing, in typical fashion for the week following the Labor Day holiday. Next week doesn't look to be any more inspiring. Releases by Ani DiFranco, John Doe and Arrested Development's Speech might pepper the Top 100, but don't look for a lot of action from newcomers, and the one-year anniversary of September 11th will likely have people thinking things other than records.