What’s emptier than a theater showing Gigli? The answer seems to be… just about any record store in August. What the world needs now is a new hit album, but the closest thing retailers got was Wynonna’s What the World Needs Now Is Love, which bowed at No. 8 with 54,000 copies, based on the modest success of its title song on the country charts. The Bad Boys II soundtrack held the top spot for a fourth week with only 121,000 units, since no amount of ad-Judd-icating the numbers could turn up another hot chart newcomer.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bad Boys II soundtrack, Bad Boy/Universal 4 2 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 13, Universal 3 3 4 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 23 4 3 BEYONCE Dangerously in Love, Columbia 7 5 5 CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 4 6 7 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 27 7 10 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 76 8 — WYNONNA What the World Needs Now Is Love, Curb 1 9 8 ASHANTI Chapter II, Murder Inc./Def Jam 6 10 12 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 20 11 13 LUTHER VANDROSS Dance With My Father, J 9 12 14 CHER The Very Best of Cher, Rhino 19 13 9 MYA Moodring, Interscope 3 14 18 COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head, Capitol 50 15 23 STAIND 14 Shades of Grey, Elektra 12
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IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2
JEFF BUCKLEY Live at Sin-e (Legacy) The two-disc set expands on the late singer-songwriter’s acclaimed four-song debut, recorded at the tiny Manhattan club where he got his start.
BETH ORTON The Other Side of Daybreak (Astralwerks) The Brit folkie’s Other material from last summer’s Daybreaker boasts remixes by Two Lone Swordsmen, Four Tet, and Roots Manuva, as well as B sides and live tracks.
THE RAVEONETTES Chain Gang of Love (Columbia) The Danish, noirish rock duo drops its first full-length CD. Richard Gottehrer (Blondie) produces.
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB Take Them On, On Your Own (Virgin) ”Stop,” the first single from the Britpop-influenced rockers’ sophomore album, is already bringing things to a halt over there on MTV Europe.
IN THE STUDIO
JIMMY EAT WORLD, in L.A., working on the follow-up to 2001’s multiplatinum Bleed American (remonikered Jimmy Eat World post-9/11). Expect the pop-punkers’ as-yet-untitled disc in early 2004.
AEROSMITH, in their Boston studio, laying down bluesy tracks with Jack Douglas, whose various producing gigs with the band go back to their 1975 hit ”Walk This Way.” Look for the new CD early next year.