.

OutKast Stay on Top

Rap duo remain Number One amid falling sales

January 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET

The holiday shot in the music industry's arm is officially over. OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below topped this week's chart with 151,000 sales, according to SoundScan, less than half of the album's tally a week earlier.

Only four records posted six-figure sales -- Alicia Keys' The Diary of Alicia Keys (116,000), Now That's What I Call Music! 14 (112,000) and Sheryl Crow's The Very Best of Sheryl Crow (103,000) -- as opposed to the thirty-two that did so the week before Christmas. And as is usually the case in the post-holiday void, there were almost no newcomers on the chart. The Cold Mountain soundtrack was the week's best rookie, selling 16,000 copies at Number 114.

Jay-Z's The Black Album, Evanescence's Fallen, G-Unit's Beg for Mercy all worked their way back into the Top Ten after having yielded to newer releases for the holidays. But beyond that, there was little shaking on the charts. And next week (or for that matter, the rest of the month) offers little hope for relief, as potential blockbusters will largely remain on ice until spring.

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

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

prev
Music Main Next
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

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com