At the movies, sequels are doing great but not-quite-gangbuster business, and the same is true of Ashanti’s Chapter II, which sold 326,000 copies its first week. It’s a far cry from the 502,000 that Ashanti’s debut opened with last year –but that was sold at bargain-basement prices, thanks to label-sponsored rebates. She did best the 317,000-unit opening posted last week by Beyonce, who got bumped to No. 2 this time. The only other top 15 entry came from Buddy Jewell, who won on TV’s Nashville Star and bowed with 52,000 sales. But how will Buddy II: Full Throttle fare?
LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART
1 — ASHANTI Chapter II, Murder Inc. 1 2 1 BEYONCe Dangerously in Love, Columbia 2 3 3 LUTHER VANDROSS Dance With My Father, J 4 4 2 MICHELLE BRANCH Hotel Paper, Maverick 2 5 6 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 22 6 5 METALLICA St. Anger, Elektra 5 7 8 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 18 8 7 MONICA After the Storm, J 3 9 9 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 71 10 4 THREE 6 MAFIA Da Unbreakables, Hypnotize Minds/Columbia 2 11 12 KELLY CLARKSON Thankful, RCA 12 12 14 VARIOUS ARTISTS Charlie’s Angels…soundtrack, Columbia 2 13 — BUDDY JEWELL Buddy Jewell, Columbia 1 14 10 ANNIE LENNOX Bare, J 4 15 17 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 15
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IN STORES JULY 22
IN STORES JULY 22
BOB DYLAN Masked and Anonymous soundtrack (Sony) The raspy legend stars in the upcoming indie flick, which boasts 14 of his songs, including four new ones plus covers by Los Lobos and the Grateful Dead.
JANE’S ADDICTION Strays (Capitol/EMI) The release of the band’s first studio album in 13 years is expertly timed to coincide with Lollapalooza (see below).
GAVIN DEGRAW Chariot (J) Sinuous vocals and a flair for catchy, bluesy melodies distinguish this young singer-songwriter’s debut.
ANNA OXYGEN All Your Faded Things (Cold Crush) This Canadian sounds like Kim ”Kids in America” Wilde and plays stripped-down new wave on her keytar. Breathe deeply.
You might wanna pack earplugs before heading out to the resurrected Lollapalooza. JANE’S ADDICTION, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, INCUBUS, JURASSIC 5, THE DONNAS, THE DISTILLERS, and others will be loudly rocking towns from Pittsburgh (July 19) to St. Helens, Ore. (Aug. 24).
THE WHITE STRIPES are setting a fast pace this summer, making near-daily stops — including New York City (July 21-23), Nashville (July 29), and Detroit (Aug. 10).