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THE CHART

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BOSS HOGS

If The Anna Nicole Show–and its record basic-cable ratings–had you ready to slit your wrists, a savior Rising from these streets should remind you that classical virtues still sell too. But it wasn’t just a need to reconnect with last year’s grief that made 525,000 fans buy Bruce Springsteen’s largely 9/11-themed album; a blitz of TV and magazine-cover appearances helped drive the E Street reunion onto E-Z street. Linkin Park’s remix album, Reanimation, traced its way to second place with 270,000 units. This week’s requisite high-bowing R&B songstress, Amerie, entered at No. 9 with 89,000 copies, with not-so-fresh-faced Def Leppard following at No. 11.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Rising, Columbia 1 2 — LINKIN PARK Reanimation, Warner Bros. 1 3 3 NELLY Nellyville, Universal 6 4 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 10, Epic 2 5 5 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 11 6 1 TOBY KEITH Unleashed, DreamWorks Nashville 2 7 4 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Busted Stuff, RCA 3 8 7 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 9 9 — AMERIE All I Have, Columbia 1 10 8 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS By the Way, Warner Bros. 4 11 — DEF LEPPARD X, Island/Def Jam 1 12 6 LIL WAYNE 500 Degreez, Cash Money/Universal 2 13 13 PINK M!ssundaztood, Arista 37 14 12 ASHANTI Ashanti, Murder Inc./Def Jam 18 15 9 MARIO Mario, J 2

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