By EW Staff
Updated January 17, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

JONESIN’ FOR NORAH

This chart represents sales from the week before Grammy nominations were unveiled. But you could be forgiven for assuming it reflected reaction to the Jan. 7 announcement, given how prominently Eminem, Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, and the Dixie Chicks (Nos. 1-4, respectively) figure in the Grammy race. Jones, hitting her peak, benefited from a prompt rerun of her November SNL spot; she has a shot at No. 1 next week if Grammy press adds up to even more momentum. Although 8 Mile is kilometers from most theaters now, its music lives on, with kids cashing in Christmas gift certificates; the soundtrack’s 119,000-unit total was tops in a slow week.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS 8 Mile soundtrack, Shady/Interscope 10 2 7 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 45 3 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 31 4 4 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 19 5 8 CHRISTINA AGUILERA Stripped, RCA 10 6 5 JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me…Then, Epic 6 7 6 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Justified, Jive 9 8 2 SHANIA TWAIN Up!, Mercury 7 9 10 AALIYAH I Care 4 U, Blackground/Universal 4 10 12 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call Music! 11, Universal 7 11 19 MISSY ELLIOTT Under Construction, Gold Mine/Elektra 8 12 16 NAS God’s Son, Ill Will/Columbia 4 13 11 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 33 14 15 2PAC Better Dayz, Amaru/Death Row/Interscope 6 15 17 NELLY Nellyville, Fo’ Reel/Universal 28

(C)2003 VNU BUSINESS MEDIA, INC./NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, JAN. 18, 2003.

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