Follow the Leader: Korn on Top

Korn bring rock back to No. 1 -- for now

Thanks to Huntington, Calif.'s Korn, rock makes a comeback on the sales chart this week as the band's latest, Follow the Leader, debuts at No. 1 for week ending August 23. Korn's thrash/funk album sold 268,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

The week's only other top 50 debut belonged to shock rappers the Insane Clown Posse and their two CD-set, Forgotten Freshness Vols. 1 & 2, which came in at No. 46.

Chart watchers have to go all the way back to the week of May 10 to find the last time a rock band had the country's No. 1 album: the Dave Matthews Band's Before These Crowded Streets. Since then, it's been fourteen straight weeks of mostly rap (DMX, Master P, Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys) and soundtracks (City of Angels, Armageddon) holding down No. 1.

From the top it was Follow the Leader, followed by the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty (selling 167,000 copies); Snoop Dogg's Da Game is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (156,000); the soundtrack to Armageddon (154,000); 'N Sync (124,000); the Barenaked Ladies' Stunt (123,000); the soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle (102,000); the soundtrack to How Stella Got Her Groove Back (99,000); and the soundtrack to City of Angels (83,000).

Three albums that enjoyed the week's biggest sales jumps had TV exposure to thank. 'N Sync's primetime performance on last week's Miss Teen USA helped boost the pop act to career-high No. 5. Following country singer Shania Twain's appearance on Today, her album moved from No. 17 to No. 11. And Madonna's Ray of Light climbed from No. 56 to No. 31 thanks to last week's Madonnathon coverage on VH1, which featured a rockumentary on the singer.