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Talk about a hunka hunka burnin’ lucre. Five hundred thousand Elvis fans can’t be wrong; that affirming, round number is the surprising amount of copies the King’s 30 #1 Hits sold its first week in stores. At No. 6, India.Arie doesn’t seem to be suffering much of a sophomore slump, with 109,000 Voyage to Indias taken home. Back-to-back at Nos. 8 and 9 are the two most depressing singer-songwriter albums likely to debut in the top 10 all year: Beck’s acclaimed Sea Change (90,000 units) and Peter Gabriel’s Up (76,000). For once, hip-hop was in need of a little less talk and a little more action, with Nas and Pastor Troy debuting modestly at Nos. 10 and 13.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 — ELVIS PRESLEY 30 #1 Hits, RCA 1 2 2 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 5 3 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 17 4 1 DISTURBED Believe, Reprise/Warner Bros. 2 5 4 NELLY Nellyville, Universal 14 6 — INDIA.ARIE Voyage to India, Motown 1 7 5 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 19 8 — BECK Sea Change, Geffen 1 9 — PETER GABRIEL Up, Geffen 1 10 — NAS The Lost Tapes, Columbia 1 11 8 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 31 12 6 DISTURBING THA PEACE Golden Grain, Def Jam South 2 13 — PASTOR TROY Universal Soldier, Universal 1 14 10 TOBY KEITH Unleashed, DreamWorks Nashville 10 15 13 COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head, Capitol 5

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