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Norah Bests the "Bad Boys"

Compilation unable to unseat Jones

March 17, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Norah Jones' Feels Like Home continued its reign atop the album sales chart selling 183,000 more copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album has now spent five straight weeks at Number One and easily cruised past 2 million copies sold.

Home has also encountered little in the way of competition at the top. The nearest contender on this week's chart was Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary a collection of the biggest hits from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' label over the past decade. The set sold 149,000 copies at Number Two. Jessica Simpson's re-release of In This Skin, which zipped to Number Two last week with sales of 159,000, fell one slot to Number Three with sales of 116,000. And forty-four weeks after its release, Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane, finally broke into the Top Ten, selling 67,000 copies at Number Seven.

Little else was shaking in the Top 200, due in part to a quiet set of new releases last week. After Bad Boy, the week's next highest debut was Eighties survivors Tesla's Into the Now which sold 30,000 copies at Number Thirty-one. Cross Canadian Ragweed's Soul Gravy (Number Fifty-one, 22,000 copies sold), Suga Free's New Testament (Number Seventy-two, 17,000) and Nikki Sixx's Brides of Destruction (Number Ninety-two, 14,000) also made Top 100 debuts.

Next week look for Norah and Feels Like Home to get a close call, as Godsmack released a new unplugged record this week.

This week's Top Ten: Norah Jones' Feels Like Home; Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary; Jessica Simpson's In This Skin; Evanescence's Fallen; Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down; Kanye West's College Drop Out; Maroon 5's Songs About Jane; Josh Groban's Closer; Sheryl Crow's The Very Best of Sheryl Crow; OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

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