We didn’t have a rooting interest in the sales race between OutKast and Dave Matthews; whoever won, we planned to attribute victory to their just having been on our cover. The two-CD ”Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” got the most love, with 510,000 units sold. Fans and the angels smiled on Matthews’ Some Devil, No. 2 with sales of 469,000. It couldn’t have been a superer Tuesday at retail, with limpbizkit (325,000), R. Kelly (251,000), Obie Trice (226,000), and Nickelback (200,000) stacked at Nos. 3-6, followed out of the gate by Murphy Lee (135,000) and Rob Zombie (94,000).
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 1 2 — DAVE MATTHEWS Some Devil, RCA 1 3 — LIMPBIZKIT Results May Vary, Flip/Interscope 1 4 — R. KELLY The R in R&B Collection Volume 1, Jive 1 5 — OBIE TRICE Cheers, Shady/Interscope 1 6 — NICKELBACK The Long Road, Roadrunner/Island Def Jam 1 7 1 DMX Grand Champ, Ruff Ryders/Def Jam 2 8 — MURPHY LEE Murphy’s Law, Dirrty/Universal 1 9 4 JOHN MAYER Heavier Things, Aware/Columbia 3 10 5 HILARY DUFF Metamorphosis, Buena Vista 5 11 — ROB ZOMBIE Past, Present & Future, Geffen 1 12 6 BEYONCe Dangerously in Love, Columbia 14 13 8 ALAN JACKSON Greatest Hits Volume II…, Arista Nashville 7 14 2 A PERFECT CIRCLE Thirteenth Step, Virgin 2 15 — FUEL Natural Selection, Epic 1
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IN STORES OCTOBER 14
CLAY AIKEN Measure of a Man (RCA) If the chart success of first single ”This Is the Night” is any measure, fans will stand by this Man.
TRAVIS 12 Memories (Epic) On their first CD in two years, the brightly melodic Scots explore darker territory, including domestic violence (”Re-Offender”).
MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO Comfort Woman (Maverick) Ndegeocello slathers her viscous voice all over a blend of reggae, psychedelia, and soul grooves.
THE DISTILLERS Coral Fang (Sire) The punk faves say their latest mixes Foreigner and Blue oyster Cult. In other words, Fang’s for the memories.
IF YOU LIKE…
Literate singer-songwriters like LEONARD COHEN and VAN MORRISON, give a listen to JOSH RITTER’s lovely Hello Starling.
The trippy folk-rock of BEACHWOOD SPARKS, zone out to Aztec Discipline, the latest from North Carolina quintet the KINGSBURY MANX.
The smart alt-country releases of Nashville’s Lost Highway label, pick up its Lost & Found, Volume 1 compilation, which includes rare and unreleased tunes from RYAN ADAMS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, and others.