A JONES FOR JONES
”Did you miss me?” Courtney Love asks in her comeback single. The one posing that query should’ve been Norah Jones, whose ”Feels Like Home” felt like a home run, becoming the first CD to sell a million in a week since ”The Eminem Show” almost two years ago. Sadly, Jones’ splash may overshadow Kanye West’s; his debut, ”The College Dropout,” earned a No. 2 spot with 441,000 sold. Melissa Etheridge’s 91,000-strong bow at No. 15 easily beat two femmes whose previous discs debuted in the top 10, Kylie Minogue (No. 42, with 43,000) and Love (No. 53, with 33,000).
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — NORAH JONES Feels Like Home, Blue Note 1 2 — KANYE WEST The College Dropout, Roc-A-Fella 1 3 1 KENNY CHESNEY When the Sun Goes Down, BNA 2 4 6 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 21 5 4 JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 14 6 5 HARRY CONNICK JR. Only You, Columbia 2 7 7 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 50 8 3 TWISTA Kamikaze, Atlantic 3 9 2 INCUBUS A Crow Left of the Murder…, Epic 2 10 13 VARIOUS ARTISTS 2004 Grammy Nominees, BMG 4 11 8 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, 15 A&M/Interscope 12 23 BEYONCE Dangerously in Love, Columbia 34 13 9 TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks Nashville 15 14 34 MICHAEL McDONALD Motown, Motown 30 15 — MELISSA ETHERIDGE Lucky, Island 1
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IN THE STUDIO
BEASTIE BOYS are in New York City, working on their first all-new disc since 1998’s Hello Nasty. According to a spokesperson, the Boys are getting back to ”roots hip-hop” on the July release.
BACKSTREET BOYS are back together — who knew? — in L.A. and already several tunes into their slated-for-summer record.
Alt-country thrush KATHLEEN EDWARDS starts recording the follow-up to 2003’s acclaimed Failer next month in Toronto. Edwards is coproducing the album, which is due in January.
Can’t get enough Coldplay? Chris Martin & Co. are offering up seven free live cuts from a 2001 show they did in Iceland. Hand warmers not included. COLDPLAY.COM
Sofia Coppola likes him, and so should you. Check out the dreamy remix of Yo La Tengo’s ”Autumn Sweater” by Kevin Shields, the onetime leader of My Bloody Valentine and a contributor to the Lost in Translation soundtrack. MATADORRECORDS.COM/MUSIC/MP3S.HTML
Art-rockers Sigur Ros composed BA BA TI KI DI DO for a performance by the legendary Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Available only on ITUNES.COM