If the blizzard put a damper on the movie biz, it sure didn’t stop Alicia Keys fans from piling into stores. With 618,000 copies neo-sold, Keys’ ”Diary” handily defied any sophomore jinx. There were no other major new releases, so it was a good week for assessing which holdovers will sell through the season. Toby Keith, Josh Groban, OutKast, and Sheryl Crow all made chart rebounds, while Britney and Jay-Z aren’t showing quite the same staying power after boffo openings. Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. has the only Christmas CD to crack the top 15 this year.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — ALICIA KEYS The Diary of Alicia Keys, J 1 2 6 TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks 5 3 7 JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 4 4 5 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call…Vol. 14, Columbia 5 5 10 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 11 6 4 HILARY DUFF Metamorphosis, Buena Vista 15 7 3 BRITNEY SPEARS In the Zone, Jive 3 8 2 NO DOUBT The Singles 1992 — 2003, Interscope 2 9 15 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, A&M/Interscope 5 10 1 JAY-Z The Black Album, Roc-A-Fella 4 11 14 CLAY AIKEN Measure of a Man, 19/RCA 8 12 23 HARRY CONNICK JR. Harry for the Holidays, Columbia 6 13 19 ROD STEWART As Time Goes By…, J 7 14 8 G-UNIT Beg for Mercy, Interscope 4 15 18 SARAH MCLACHLAN Afterglow, Arista 5
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Everything is hunky-dory with the world because DAVID BOWIE is giving us his first big tour in eight years. Young (and old) Americans can see him in Cleveland (Jan. 7), Denver (Jan. 19), and Phoenix (Feb. 5).
JOHN MAYER will play a pair of gigs in his current hometown of New York City (Dec. 28 and 29) and then journey west to the likes of Bozeman, Mont. (Feb. 16), Las Vegas (Feb. 20), and Las Cruces, N.M. (Feb. 25).
After a holiday break, LINKIN PARK will bring their Meteora shower of a show to cities such as Fairfax, Va. (Jan. 16), and Madison, Wis. (Jan. 30).
IF YOU LIKE…
Nonthuggish rap-metal acts like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, you’ll have a headbanging good time with the self-titled debut from SHINER MASSIVE.
Wiseacre-rock a la WEEZER, seek out They’re Everywhere! from the humorously named JIM’S BIG EGO.
THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, give a listen to Life Doesn’t Rhyme from Explosion guitarist Judah Bauer’s surprisingly song-oriented side project, 20 MILES.
BLINK-182’s hard-charging, anthemic, junior-league punk, inject THE JET CITY FIX’s Play to Kill at will.