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March of Rimes: how pop albums ranked on last week's charts

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Leann Rimes started a sales-prevention campaign for I Need You, claiming Curb Records cobbled the album together, without permission, from outtakes and previously released soundtrack cuts. Either her anti-promotion worked, or fans got fed up with her pop aspirations. Whatever the reason, I Need You bowed at No. 10 with 83,000 copies sold — the top debut, but tepid by Rimes’ standards. The news was more dire for O-Town, who fell out of the top 15 in their second week without even trying to stop people from buying their album. There was no preventing sales for Shaggy, with 246,000 copies finally earning him top-dog status. POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART 1 2 SHAGGY Hotshot, MCA 26 2 1 JENNIFER LOPEZ J.Lo, Epic 2 3 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS Save the Last Dance soundtrack, Hollywood 6 4 4 THE BEATLES 1, Capitol 12 5 10 JA RULE Rule 3:36, Murder Inc./Def Jam 17 6 9 DIDO No Angel, Arista 38 7 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 5, Columbia 12 8 14 LUDACRIS Back for the First Time, Def Jam South 16 9 6 DREAM It Was All a Dream, Bad Boy/Arista 2 10 — LEANN RIMES I Need You, Curb 1 11 11 LENNY KRAVITZ Greatest Hits, Virgin 15 12 8 CREED Human Clay, Wind-Up 71 13 12 SADE Lovers Rock, Epic 12 14 13 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish…, Flip/Interscope 16 15 19 NELLY Country Grammar, Fo’ Reel/Universal 32

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