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AND THIS BIRD CAN SING...

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We’re not psychic, but we have an idea what you got for Christmas: a Beatles album. The Fabs again reached the top of the pops as 1, in its fifth week, posted its best numbers yet: 823,000 copies (see story on page 10). For the Backstreet Boys, getting beaten by a band that broke up three decades ago must really hurt — all the way to the bank, as Black & Blue sold 566,000. The biggest surprise is Charlotte Church’s Christmas album, Dream a Dream, which has far outperformed new holiday efforts by the likes of Christina Aguilera. Not since Leo Sayer has the top 10 seen anyone with a soprano that powerful.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 THE BEATLES 1, Capitol 5 2 2 BACKSTREET BOYS Black & Blue, Jive 4 3 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 5, Columbia 5 4 4 CREED Human Clay, Wind-Up 64 5 5 BRITNEY SPEARS Oops!… I Did It Again, Jive 31 6 6 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits, Curb 4 7 11 SHAGGY Hotshot, MCA 19 8 8 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish…, Flip/Interscope 9 9 10 ‘N SYNC No Strings Attached, Jive 39 10 7 CHARLOTTE CHURCH Dream a Dream, Sony Classical 9 11 9 BAHA MEN Who Let the Dogs Out, S-Curve/Artemis 19 12 12 SADE Lovers Rock, Epic 5 13 18 FAITH HILL Breathe, Warner Bros. 58 14 — XZIBIT Restless, Loud 1 15 13 OUTKAST Stankonia, Arista 7

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IN STORES JAN. 9

GROOVE COLLECTIVE It’s All in Your Mind (Shanachie) The latest from this jazz-funk-world fusion band includes a tribute to Nigerian afrobeat founder Fela Kuti.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smells Like Bleach: A Punk Tribute to Nirvana (Cleopatra) Finally, an homage by musicians who actually share the band’s lineage, either as forefathers (Dee Dee Ramone, Agent Orange) or descendants (Blanks 77, I.C.U.).

DRUMS & TUBA Vinyl Killer (Righteous Babe) This deceptively named New York trio (there’s a guitar in there too) offers adventures in eclectica on its fourth album.

DUKE ELLINGTON Love Songs (Columbia/Legacy) This CD of romantic fare is part of the label’s Love Songs series, which includes Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra.

IF YOU LIKE…

The melodic side of lo-fi indie rockers PAVEMENT and the diverse instrumentation of NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, try THE GLANDS’ recent self-titled sophomore disc.

EMINEM’s rapid-fire lyrical boasts and FUNKMASTER FLEX’s old-school jams on 60 Minutes of Funk, Vol. 4: The Mix Tape, revisit THE D.O.C.’s 1989 No One Can Do It Better.