By EW Staff
Updated October 26, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

HUBBA-BUBBA

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE desire of even a wounded America for XXX entertainment. Bubba Sparxxx’s debut sold 130,000 copies, entering the chart at No. 3. Like Eminem, Sparxxx is a white rapper working blue, and teaming up with a major hip-hop producer (in this case, Timbaland)–but this Bubba is a Southern boy who uses banjo samples. Call it cracker rap; we’re looking forward to the TV series, Hee-Hawp. Ja Rule took a big hit, dropping from 361,000 to 221,000 copies sold, but still held on up top. Moving in on Rule’s reign was Enya, leaping from 128,000 to 162,000. Charlotte Church reintroduced teen pop–sort of–to the top 15, selling 66,000 of her album of show tunes and arias.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 JA RULE Pain Is Love, Murder Inc/Def Jam 2 2 3 ENYA A Day Without Rain, Reprise 47 3 — BUBBA SPARXXX Dark Days, Bright Nights, Beat Club/Interscope 1 4 2 JAY-Z The Blueprint, Roc-A-Fella 5 5 5 NICKELBACK Silver Side Up, Roadrunner 5 6 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Hits 2001, Arista 3 7 4 ALICIA KEYS Songs in A Minor, J 16 8 7 LINKIN PARK Hybrid Theory, Warner Bros. 51 9 8 USHER 8701, Arista 10 10 9 P.O.D. Satellite, Atlantic 5 11 12 SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity, American/Columbia 6 12 10 STAIND Break the Cycle, Flip/Elektra 21 13 11 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 7, Virgin 11 14 14 MARY J. BLIGE No More Drama, MCA 7 15 — CHARLOTTE CHURCH Enchantment, Columbia 1

(C)2001 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, OCT. 27, 2001.

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