By EW Staff
Updated October 19, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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MAJORITY RULE

Ja Rule lived up to his nom de plume and then some, selling nearly three times as many albums as the week’s closest runner-up. His Pain Is Love got picked up by 361,000 sadomasochists. It was all gain and no pain for Enya, whose A Day Without Rain registered another increase–from 114,000 to 128,000–and moved up to No. 3. Her album came out almost a year back and, although certified double platinum, had never even entered the top 15 until two weeks ago. Lots of folks, it seems, are suddenly depending on Ireland’s foremost New Age masseuse to achieve a day without jangled nerves. Garbage had a near-beaut of a bow with 73,000 sold, while Elton’s West coasted in at 72,000.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — JA RULE Pain Is Love, Murder Inc/Def Jam 1 2 1 JAY-Z The Blueprint, Roc-A-Fella 4 3 4 ENYA A Day Without Rain, Reprise 46 4 2 ALICIA KEYS Songs in A Minor, J 15 5 5 NICKELBACK Silver Side Up, Roadrunner 4 6 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Hits 2001, Arista 2 7 7 LINKIN PARK Hybrid Theory, Warner Bros. 50 8 9 USHER 8701, Arista 9 9 6 P.O.D. Satellite, Atlantic 4 10 8 STAIND Break the Cycle, Flip/Elektra 20 11 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 7, Virgin 10 12 15 SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity, American/Columbia 5 13 — GARBAGE beautifulgarbage, Interscope 1 14 11 MARY J. BLIGE No More Drama, MCA 6 15 — ELTON JOHN Songs From the West Coast, Rocket/Universal 1

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