.

OutKast Back on Top

Groban ousted after one week at Number One

January 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET

For the past two months, a cluster of four or five albums have been playing musical chairs with the top spots on the charts. OutKast reclaimed the Number One slot this week, selling 97,000 copies of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, according to SoundScan.

The annual winter lull has set in, and sales are looking for a jump start. Sheryl Crow's The Best of Sheryl Crow was a distant second with sales of 73,000. Alicia Keys' The Diary of Alicia Keys, Toby Keith's Shock N Y'all and last week's chart-topper Josh Groban's Closer round out the Top Five with sales of 69,000, 66,000 and 65,700, respectively.

Again, a dearth of new releases has kept buyers out of stores. The wrestling compilation WWE Originals was the week's highest debut at Number Twelve with sales of 48,000. Keith Sweat's The Best of Keith Sweat (Number Thirty-one, 29,000 copies sold) and Crystal Method's Legion of Boom (Number Thirty-six, 25,000) were the other Top Fifty debuts.

The only drama next week's chart seems to offer is the continuation of the Number One scramble. Crow, Keys, Keith, Groban, Ruben Studdard, Evanescence and the latest Now That's What I Call Music! set are all moving sufficient numbers to make a run at Number One, though OutKast's figure this week makes it the favorite. This week's releases don't look to provide much help, as U.K. rapper Dizzie Rascal has generated plenty of buzz, but not on the level of America's own, established hip-hop talent. Ani DiFranco's Educated Guess will be worth watching, however. With sales so low, her faithful fans could push her latest into a Top Twenty debut, remarkable given her defiant independence.

This week's Top Ten: OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; Sheryl Crow's The Best of Sheryl Crow; Alicia Keys' The Diary of Alicia Keys; Toby Keith's Shock N Y'all; Josh Groban's Closer; Now That's What I Call Music! 14; No Doubt's Singles 1992-2003; Ruben Studdard's Soulful; Evanescence's Fallen; Jay-Z's The Black Album.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com