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TYME BANDITS

Surprisingly, no hardcore hip-hop album had debuted at No. 1 in 2002, until now. The dry spell was broken by the reign of Big Tymers, living up to their name by hoodwinking 160,000 fans into buying Hood Rich. You knew they’d get a good push from their label: Cash Money label cofounder Brian “Baby” Williams comprises half the duo. Two other debuting albums cracked the six-figure unit mark. It didn’t matter that Music From and Inspired by Spider-Man is almost all “inspired by” with very little “from”–name value brought 112,000 Spidey fans into its web for a No. 4 entry. Swinging close behind was TRL’s token ivory tickler, singer-pianist Vanessa Carlton, a “baby act” who sold a grand 102,000.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — BIG TYMERS Hood Rich, Cash Money/Universal 1 2 2 ASHANTI Ashanti, Murder Inc./Def Jam 5 3 1 KENNY CHESNEY No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, BNA 2 4 — VARIOUS ARTISTS Spider-Man soundtrack, Sony Soundtrax 1 5 — VANESSA CARLTON Be Not Nobody, A&M 1 6 3 CELINE DION A New Day Has Come, Epic 6 7 5 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 9, Universal 7 8 4 SHERYL CROW C’mon, C’mon, A&M 3 9 9 JOSH GROBAN Josh Groban, Warner Bros. 21 10 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS O Brother… soundtrack, Mercury Nashville 71 11 10 PINK M!ssundaztood, Arista 24 12 12 SHAKIRA Laundry Service, Epic 25 13 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Scorpion King soundtrack, Universal 6 14 15 TWEET Southern Hummingbird, Elektra 5 15 6 JOHN WILLIAMS Star Wars: Episode II soundtrack, Sony Classical 2

(C)2002 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, MAY 11, 2002.

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