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Elvis Still the King

Presley holds off Stones in battle of compilations

Got debuts if you want ’em. The fall parade of new material has
begun, as four new albums marched into the Top Ten this week (after
five did the same last week), and eleven jumped in the Top Fifty.
But all the newcomers had to kneel before the King, as Elvis
Presley’s 30 #1 Hits held onto Number One for the second
straight week, with 337,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan.
The Big E held off the Rolling Stones’ own career-spanning
anthology, the two-CD Forty Licks, which enjoyed an
impressive 310,000-copy first week to debut at Number Two.

And the hits just keep coming. Xzibit continues to be the
Scottie Pippen of hardcore rap, not quite achieving the robust
sales of a DMX, but the 157,000 copies he moved of his latest,
Man vs. Machine, was good enough for a Number Three bow.
And Elvis, the Stones and Xzibit were all able to hold off the
teen-spirit compilation American Idol, which arrived at
Number Four with 146,000 copies sold. Good Charlotte rode a
grassroots campaign to put their The Young and the
Hopeless
in at Number Seven with 117,000 units moved.

More debuts you demand? Leann Rimes’ Twisted Angel sold
66,000 copies at Number Twelve. After going platinum with The
Look of Love
, last year, chanteuse/jazzbo Diana Krall’s
Live in Paris jumped in at Number Eighteen behind sales of
47,000. The Neo-soul, London duo Floetry saw their debut,
Floetic trail by one slot on the charts and 5,000 copies.
And Mark Knopfler’s third album since putting Dire Straits to
sleep, the quieter The Ragpicker’s Dream hit Number
Thirty-eight with sales of 24,000.

Next week, expect the newcomer stream to keep flowing. This week
saw releases by Tom Petty, Bon Jovi and several others, that look
to be strong contenders for the Top Ten.

This week’s Top Ten: Elvis Presley’s 30 #1 Hits; the
Rolling Stones’ Forty Licks; Xzibit’s Man vs.
Machine
; American Idol; the Dixie Chicks’
Home; Avril Lavigne’s Let Go; Good Charlotte’s
The Young and the Hopeless; Nelly’s Nellyville;
Eminem’s The Eminem Show; and Disturbed’s
Believe.

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