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On the Charts: Leona Lewis Makes History With "Spirit"-ed Debut

April 16, 2008 10:50 AM ET

The Big News: Aided by the collective powers of Simon Cowell and Oprah, Artist to Watch Leona Lewis' first album Spirit rocketed to the top of the chart, selling 204,841 copies on its way to becoming her the first British solo artist to ever have a debut album open atop the U.S. charts. A pair of country artists occupied two and three, with George Strait's Troubadour and James Otto's Sunset Man selling in the 50Ks. NOW 27 clung to number four, while R.E.M.'s Accelerate hung around at five after debuting last week at two.

Debuts: R&B artist/sex tape star Ray J and his All I Feel came in at number seven. The physical release of Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV debuted at fourteen with 25,807 copies. Nick Cave's Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! took sixty-fourth, the Breeders' Mountain Battles slotted ninety-eighth, Tapes N Tapes' sophomore set Walk It Out seeded 116 and, for some reason, 8,078 people bought Punk Goes Crunk.

Last Week's Heroes: Diddy's Day26 suffered the biggest fall, stumbling from four to eighteen. It what's becoming an ongoing joke, Alvin & the Chipmunks soundtrack remained in the upper tier despite dropping from five to six. And Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride joined the double platinum club after twenty-five weeks.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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