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NO PLACE LIKE ‘HOME’

In a year of off-key Music sales–the worst the industry has seen in years–it took three spunky tunesmiths from Texas to temporarily set things straight. A whopping 780,000 fans headed for Home, the Dixie Chicks’ youthful, feminist twist on twang. The next-highest-ranking debut, Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, rushed to No. 5 on comparatively thin sales of 141,000–still impressive for Brit rockers lost in the land of Eminem and Nelly. Ruff Ryder Eve steered her way to No. 6, as her Eve-olution parked itself in 123,000 CD players, while new discs from Houston MC Lil’ Flip and Miami sex-rap queen Trina landed at Nos. 12 and 14, respectively.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 — DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 1 2 1 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 15 3 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 13 4 2 NELLY NELLYVILLE, Universal 10 5 — COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head, Capitol 1 6 — EVE Eve-olution, Ruff Ryders/Interscope 1 7 5 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Rising, Columbia 5 8 6 JAMES TAYLOR October Road, Columbia 3 9 4 CLIPSE Lord Willin’, Star Trak/Arista 2 10 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 10, Epic 6 11 10 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 27 12 — LIL’ FLIP Undaground Legend, Suckafree/Columbia 1 13 9 TOBY KEITH Unleashed, DreamWorks Nashville 6 14 — TRINA Diamond Princess, Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic 1 15 8 LINKIN PARK Reanimation, Warner Bros. 5

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