How can a loser ever win? It’s easy if you’re Toby Keith: Go to the CMA awards, get shut out, but parlay a spot on the telecast into a huge CD launch. Keith’s ”Shock’n Y’all” sold 585,000, the second best bow ever for a male country singer. Sheryl Crow, another CMA attendee, had her ”Best of” debut at No. 4 with 247,000 copies. Also opening strong: Sarah McLachlan, No. 2 with 361,000; ”NOW 14,” No. 3 with 322,000; Ja Rule, attracting 140,000 50 Cent haters for No. 6; and, at Nos. 13 and 14, a Coldplay live CD/DVD set and Bon Jovi’s latest, both around 71,000.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks 1 2 — SARAH MCLACHLAN Afterglow, Arista 1 3 — VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call…Vol. 14, Columbia 1 4 — SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, A&M/Interscope 1 5 1 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 7 6 — JA RULE Blood in My Eye, Murder Inc./Def Jam 1 7 2 ROD STEWART As Time Goes By…, J 3 8 3 CLAY AIKEN Measure of a Man, 19/RCA 4 9 — P.O.D. Payable on Death, Atlantic 1 10 5 LUDACRIS Chicken-N-Beer, Def Jam South 5 11 12 HILARY DUFF Metamorphosis, Buena Vista 11 12 9 DIDO Life for Rent, Arista 6 13 — COLDPLAY Live 2003, Capitol 1 14 — BON JOVI This Left Feels Right, Island 1 15 25 ALAN JACKSON Greatest Hits Volume II…, Arista Nashville 13
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IN THE STUDIO
Scottish trip-hoppers THE BETA BAND are in London with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead). Their third LP, and a making-of DVD, is due in February.
R&B singer-songwriter TWEET is prepping her sophomore CD with the help of Missy Elliott, who was also the wind beneath her wings for last year’s Southern Hummingbird.
Alt-metal act PAPA ROACH are in L.A. with producer Howard Benson (Adema), scuttling toward an early-2004 drop date.
IF YOU LIKE…
The brutal speed-metal charge of old MEGADETH, plug into the excellently named MASTODON’s latest long player, Remission.
Unpretentious party-rock purveyors like THE FLESHTONES, get hip to the good-time Georgia combo THE WOGGLES’ terrific Ragged but Right.
That flailing, me-against-the-world vibe of BLACK FLAG, gather your hard-earned pennies and purchase Rebels Against the Future by Austin punks THE HARD FEELINGS.
THE WHITE STRIPES, check out Dangerous Magical Noise, the nerve-shaking, brain-rattling new CD by one of Jack White’s fave Detroit outfits, THE DIRTBOMBS.