Last week, OutKast set a new record, albeit one that won’t go on their resume: They managed to top the chart with only 86,500 copies sold, the lowest weekly total for any No. 1 album in SoundScan history. Hey, yikes! Given that kind of industry-wide slump, retailers veritably rejoiced to see speed rapper Twista enter at No. 1 this week with an actual six-figure unit count — 312,000, to be precise. There was only minor shifting among holdovers, though Britney is enjoying a small boost now that she’s released a single, ”Toxic,” that radio will actually play.
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — TWISTA Kamikaze, Atlantic 1 2 1 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 19 3 2 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, A&M/Interscope 13 4 3 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 48 5 5 RUBEN STUDDARD Soulful, J 8 6 10 BRITNEY SPEARS In the Zone, Jive 11 7 6 TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks Nashville 13 8 4 VARIOUS ARTISTS 2004 Grammy Nominees, BMG 2 9 15 CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 29 10 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call…Vol. 14, Columbia 13 11 9 ALICIA KEYS The Diary of Alicia Keys, J 9 12 8 JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 12 13 11 NO DOUBT The Singles 1992 — 2003, Interscope 10 14 — VARIOUS ARTISTS Fired Up!, Razor & Tie 1 15 14 NICKELBACK The Long Road, Roadrunner 19
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IN STORES FEBRUARY 17
IN STORES FEBRUARY 17
GREEN DAY 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (Lookout) A remastered and repackaged version of their ’90 debut, with photos, 20 minutes of live performances, and lyrics in singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s very own handwriting.
INDIGO GIRLS All That We Let In (Epic) Joan Osborne lends her pipes to one of the tunes on the folk-music faves’ latest.
LAMBCHOP Aw Cmon/No You Cmon (Merge) Kurt Wagner & Co. offer two new albums that further test the limits of what it means to be a country act.
TRANS AM Liberation (Thrill Jockey) The current administration has inspired political punditry in unlikely places. In this case, synthesizers meet dissent as the D.C. electronic outfit weighs in on the state of the Union.
Alt-rock grrrl-turned-popstrrr LIZ PHAIR is taking her indie and mainstream tunes cross-country from Portland, Ore. (March 2), and Houston (March 18) to Philadelphia (April 2).
KID ROCK and his TWISTED BROWN TRUCKER BAND are partying in arenas across the land, including Nashville (Feb. 6), hometown Detroit (March 25), and Tampa (April 10).
Aussie rockers JET will be blasting their retro Stones-meets-Beatles sound in Stateside clubs from New Orleans (March 12) and Chicago (March 26) to Denver (April 1…no foolin’).