This week on the music charts ...

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Korn fans were in bountiful supply at the nation’s record stores during the August album-husking season. Follow the Leader harvested 268,000 in initial sales, producing a first-place finish for this L.A. brat pack, who’ve gathered momentum since their last project debuted at No. 3 two years back. Korn’s metal-with-a-slight-hip-hop-edge formula is a reversal of the equation that continues to work wonders for the Beastie Boys, whose Hello Nasty edged back up to No. 2, ahead of the entirely non-metallic Snoop. As for corn of the cinematic kind, How Stella Got Her Groove Back slinked on up to No. 8, ensuring that soundtracks again account for nearly half the top 10.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 – KORN Follow the Leader, Epic 1 2 3 BEASTIE BOYS Hello Nasty, Grand Royal/Capitol 6 3 1 SNOOP DOGG Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit/Priority 3 4 2 SOUNDTRACK Armageddon, Columbia 9 5 6 ‘N SYNC ‘N Sync, RCA 22 6 5 BARENAKED LADIES Stunt, Reprise 7 7 7 SOUNDTRACK Dr. Dolittle, Blackground/Atlantic 10 8 10 SOUNDTRACK How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Flyte Time 2 9 9 BACKSTREET BOYS Backstreet Boys, Jive 54 10 8 SOUNDTRACK City of Angels, Warner Sunset/Reprise 21

COUNTRY ALBUMS

1 2 SHANIA TWAIN Come On Over, Mercury 42 2 1 VINCE GILL The Key, MCA Nashville 2 3 3 SOUNDTRACK Hope Floats, Capitol 14 4 4 DIXIE CHICKS Wide Open Spaces, Monument/Sony 30 5 5 FAITH HILL Faith, Warner Bros. 18 6 6 GARTH BROOKS The Limited Series, Capitol 16 7 9 LEANN RIMES Sittin’ on Top of the World, Curb 16 8 7 BROOKS & DUNN If You See Her, Arista Nashville 12 9 10 REBA MCENTIRE If You See Him, MCA Nashville 12 10 8 TRISHA YEARWOOD Where Your Road Leads, MCA Nashville 6

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