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Elvis Still the King

Presley holds off Stones in battle of compilations

October 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Got debuts if you want 'em. The fall parade of new material has begun, as four new albums marched into the Top Ten this week (after five did the same last week), and eleven jumped in the Top Fifty. But all the newcomers had to kneel before the King, as Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits held onto Number One for the second straight week, with 337,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. The Big E held off the Rolling Stones' own career-spanning anthology, the two-CD Forty Licks, which enjoyed an impressive 310,000-copy first week to debut at Number Two.

And the hits just keep coming. Xzibit continues to be the Scottie Pippen of hardcore rap, not quite achieving the robust sales of a DMX, but the 157,000 copies he moved of his latest, Man vs. Machine, was good enough for a Number Three bow. And Elvis, the Stones and Xzibit were all able to hold off the teen-spirit compilation American Idol, which arrived at Number Four with 146,000 copies sold. Good Charlotte rode a grassroots campaign to put their The Young and the Hopeless in at Number Seven with 117,000 units moved.

More debuts you demand? Leann Rimes' Twisted Angel sold 66,000 copies at Number Twelve. After going platinum with The Look of Love, last year, chanteuse/jazzbo Diana Krall's Live in Paris jumped in at Number Eighteen behind sales of 47,000. The Neo-soul, London duo Floetry saw their debut, Floetic trail by one slot on the charts and 5,000 copies. And Mark Knopfler's third album since putting Dire Straits to sleep, the quieter The Ragpicker's Dream hit Number Thirty-eight with sales of 24,000.

Next week, expect the newcomer stream to keep flowing. This week saw releases by Tom Petty, Bon Jovi and several others, that look to be strong contenders for the Top Ten.

This week's Top Ten: Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits; the Rolling Stones' Forty Licks; Xzibit's Man vs. Machine; American Idol; the Dixie Chicks' Home; Avril Lavigne's Let Go; Good Charlotte's The Young and the Hopeless; Nelly's Nellyville; Eminem's The Eminem Show; and Disturbed's Believe.

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