Whitney Houston's album debuts at No. 9. The much-whispered-about Houston is beaten by the late Aaliyah's greatest hits

By Brian Hiatt
December 19, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Spilling her secrets to Diane Sawyer helped Whitney Houston get into Billboard’s top 10, but just barely. The rumor-plagued diva’s new album, ”Just Whitney,” lands at No. 9 on next week’s chart, with about 205,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan figures cited in published reports. The late Aaliyah has the week’s highest debut, though, with the greatest-hits collection ”I Care 4 U” hitting No. 3. Shania Twain’s ”Up!” holds down the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight week, with sales leaping up 18 percent from the previous chart.

Fellow country femmes the Dixie Chicks see ”Home” jump from No. 9 to No. 2, and yet another country act, Tim McGraw, slides in at No. 4 with ”Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors.” Eminem’s ”8 Mile” soundtrack holds on at No. 5, while the rest of the top 10 includes: Avril Lavigne’s ”Let Go” at No. 6, volume 11 of “NOW! That’s What I Call Music” at No. 7, J. Lo’s ”This Is Me … Then” at No. 8, and B2K’s ”Pandemonium” debuting at No. 10. The previous week’s No. 3, Mariah Carey’s ”Charmbracelet,” slips all the way to No. 14.