Legal downloading services are everywhere, but some kids still want singles handed to them on a silver platter — which is why the NOW! series’ 13th installment sold 171,000 copies, debuting at No. 2. The week was rife with debuts. Mya’s Moodring turned green with 113,000 sold. Strays, Jane’s Addiction’s comeback, landed in 110,000 kennels, while 311’s Evolver was fit enough to survive the competition, selling 87,000. And Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires created a flap with 86,000 units. Still on top: Puffy’s pride, the Bad Boys II soundtrack, with 197,000 more arrests.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bad Boys II soundtrack, Bad Boy/Universal 2 2 — VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 13, Universal 1 3 — MYA Moodring, Interscope 1 4 — JANE’S ADDICTION Strays, Capitol 1 5 3 BEYONCE Dangerously in Love, Columbia 5 6 2 CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 2 7 — 311 Evolver, Volcano/Atlantic 1 8 — BRAD PAISLEY Mud on the Tires, Arista Nashville 1 9 5 ASHANTI Chapter II, Murder Inc./Def Jam 4 10 6 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 21 11 4 BROOKS & DUNN Red Dirt Road, Arista Nashville 2 12 7 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 25 13 9 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 74 14 8 LUTHER VANDROSS Dance With My Father, J 7 15 12 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 18
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IN STORES AUGUST 12
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (Vagrant) The melodic hand-wringing of The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most made them stars. Here, they once again bring the pain.
PAT BENATAR Go (Welk Music Group) The ’80s rock star puts another notch in her lipstick case with an album of new material.
DIANE SCHUUR Midnight (Concord) The jazz great applies her crystalline voice to original tunes written by Barry Manilow and Eddie Arkin and does a duet with R&B singer Brian McKnight.
EVA CASSIDY American Tune (Blix Street) Folk-jazz singer Cassidy, who succumbed to cancer in 1996 at age 33, had a gift for interpretation that continues to earn her fans worldwide. This CD includes her cover of the Beatles’ ”Yesterday.”
Turning 70 ain’t slowing WILLIE NELSON down. The braided one — and his beat-up guitar — are on the road again, motoring from Ogden, Utah (Aug. 6), to Hinckley, Minn. (Aug. 29), to Saratoga, Calif. (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1).