Kenny Chesney should be able to buy, not just visit, the islands now. ”When the Sun Goes Down,” his latest Nashville/Caribbean crossover effort, opened with 550,000 copies — more than doubling the 235,000 first-week figure for its triple-platinum predecessor. The gloomy Guses in Incubus incubated a 332,000-unit week — a personal best for them, too — to open at No. 2. And Harry Connick Jr. sold CDs to beat the (big) band, tallying 139,000. After a brief music-retail slump, happy days are here again! (Incubus is excused from any celebrating.)
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — KENNY CHESNEY When the Sun Goes Down, BNA 1 2 — INCUBUS A Crow Left of the Murder…, Epic 1 3 1 TWISTA Kamikaze, Atlantic 2 4 12 JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 13 5 — HARRY CONNICK JR. Only You, Columbia 1 6 2 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 20 7 4 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 49 8 3 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, A&M/ Interscope 14 9 7 TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks Nashville 14 10 5 RUBEN STUDDARD Soulful, J 9 11 9 CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 30 12 6 BRITNEY SPEARS In the Zone, Jive 12 13 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS 2004 Grammy Nominees, BMG 3 14 11 ALICIA KEYS The Diary of Alicia Keys, J 10 15 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call…Vol. 14, Columbia 14
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IN STORES FEBRUARY 24
IN STORES FEBRUARY 24
JC CHASEZ Schizophrenic (Jive) The ‘N Syncer tries going it alone, with street-cred assists from Basement Jaxx and BT.
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Shadows Collide With People (Warner Bros.) Fellow Chili Peppers Flea and Chad Smith cameo on drummer Frusciante’s solo album.
JONATHA BROOKE Back in the Circus (Bad Dog) The astute singer-songwriter’s latest includes a cover of the Alan Parsons Project’s ”Eye in the Sky.”
JONNY GREENWOOD BodySong soundtrack (Capitol) The Radiohead guitarist’s challenge: Devise music for a movie that uses disparate footage from the past 100 years to tell the story of one person’s life.
IF YOU LIKE…
The sweet soul of Stevie Wonder, pick up The Wonder of Stevie, on which DJ SPINNA and BOBBITO compile obscure jazz and funk covers of Wonder’s catalog.
Elton John’s fey piano-pop anthems, track down an import copy of the SCISSOR SISTERS’ just-released self-titled debut, which includes a disco remake of Pink Floyd’s ”Comfortably Numb.”