THE CHARTS
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NOT ‘BAD’ AT ALL

Signaling neither invulnerability nor indifference, Invincible’s first-week sales quelled suspicions that Michael Jackson’s fan base has completely dissipated, though the coming weeks may be more telling for the hugely expensive, poorly reviewed album. Invincible bowed with 366,000 units–not blockbuster numbers, but enough to forestall any “King of Flops” quips for now. Much depends on whether Epic fares better at radio with “Butterflies” than with “You Rock My World.” At No. 2, with sales of 267,000, Escape artist Enrique Iglesias had cause to celebrate–unlike the No. 4 Backstreet Boys, whose best-of managed only 197,000, and Lenny Kravitz, making a low-key entry at No. 12 with 93,000.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — MICHAEL JACKSON Invincible, Epic 1 2 — ENRIQUE IGLESIAS Escape, Interscope 1 3 1 DMX The Great Depression, Def Jam 2 4 — BACKSTREET BOYS The Hits–Chapter One, Jive 1 5 3 ENYA A Day Without Rain, Reprise 50 6 7 NICKELBACK Silver Side Up, Roadrunner 8 7 4 VARIOUS ARTISTS God Bless America, Columbia 3 8 5 JA RULE Pain Is Love, Murder Inc/Def Jam 5 9 8 LINKIN PARK Hybrid Theory, Warner Bros. 54 10 2 INCUBUS Morning View, Epic/Immortal 2 11 9 USHER 8701, Arista 13 12 — LENNY KRAVITZ Lenny Kravitz, Virgin 1 13 12 ALICIA KEYS Songs in A Minor, J 19 14 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Hits 2001, Arista 6 15 — JERMAINE DUPRI Instructions, So So Def/Columbia 1

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