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JOY IN ‘NELLYVILLE’

Nellyville may be just a state of mind, but we know for sure that it’s more metropolis than small town. The second album from rap’s favorite grammarian aced the competition with 714,000 sold. Eminem finally got a run for his money but added another 308,000 units to the till. Hip-hopper N.O.R.E. and urban femme Truth Hurts had respectable debuts at No. 3 (119,000 copies) and No. 5 (89,000), respectively. The truth had to hurt more for Will Smith, whose MIBII promotional campaign hasn’t translated into heat for his unprophetically titled Born to Reign. His last album debuted with more than three times as many units as this one’s 60,000-copy bow, good enough only for No. 13.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — NELLY Nellyville, Universal 1 2 1 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 6 3 — N.O.R.E. God’s Favorite, Def Jam 1 4 5 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 4 5 — TRUTH HURTS Truthfully Speaking, Aftermath/Interscope 1 6 7 ASHANTI Ashanti, Murder Inc./Def Jam 13 7 3 KORN Untouchables, Immortal/Epic 3 8 — PAPA ROACH lovehatetragedy, DreamWorks 2 9 4 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Hits 2002, Warner Bros. 4 10 9 PINK Missundaztood, Arista 32 11 4 VARIOUS ARTISTS Disney’s Lilo & Stitch soundtrack, Walt Disney 3 12 8 P. DIDDY & BAD BOY RECORDS PRESENT… We Invented the Remix, Bad Boy 7 13 — WILL SMITH Born to Reign, Columbia 1 14 12 KENNY CHESNEY No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, BNA 10 15 13 SHERYL CROW C’mon, C’mon, A&M 11

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