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SOUND BITES Holiday shoppers are apparently returning to the record stores, with the top five albums on the Billboard chart actually selling more than last week instead of dropping off. Not only have Creed managed to hold on to the top slot on the chart for three weeks, but this week, they sold 458,050 copies of ”Weathered” (according to SoundScan), which is some 40,000 more CDs than they sold a week ago. Staying at No. 2 was ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 8,” selling 365,725 albums, or about 12,000 more than last week. ”NOW That’s What I Call Christmas” jumped three places to No. 3 on sales of 282,550, selling 62,000 more than last week. Britney Spears‘ ”Britney” climbed back up one spot to No. 4, shifting 264,775 units (39,000 more than last week). Mannheim Steamroller‘s ”Christmas Extraordinaire” vaulted three places to No. 5, selling 241,975 copies, up some 70,000 from last week.

Also in the top 10 this week were Garth Brooks‘ ”Scarecrow,” falling two slots to No. 6; Enya‘s ”A Day Without Rain,” up two places to No. 7; and Ludacris‘ ”Word of Mouf,” plunging five spots to No. 8. Reentering the top ten were Nickelback‘s ”Silver Side Up” (No. 9) and Pink‘s ”M!ssundaztood” (No. 10)….

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have filed a countersuit against Courtney Love in a struggle for control over Nirvana‘s legacy. On behalf of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, Love joined surviving Nirvana members Grohl and Novoselic in forming a limited liability corporation, Nirvana L.L.C., in 1997 to manage the defunct band’s affairs. Seven months ago, however, Love sued the two partners, accusing them of financial mismanagement. At issue was an unreleased Nirvana song, ”You Know You’re Right,” which was due to appear on a boxed set this fall commemorating the tenth anniversary of the grunge rockers’ landmark ”Nevermind” album. In their countersuit, filed yesterday, Grohl and Novoselic allege that Love’s the one guilty of mismanagement, since by blocking the release of the song and the boxed set, she’s breached Nirvana’s contract with Geffen Records. The complaint reads in part, ”Faced with a waning recording and acting career, and in further violations of her obligations under the L.L.C. Agreement, Love is using her claims against the L.L.C. and the surviving Nirvana members to continue to further her own career goals, not to protect Cobain’s legacy as she claims and not to fulfill her obligations as a member of the L.L.C.”

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