By EW Staff
Updated June 27, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT


Beyonce Knowles won’t acknowledge that Jay-Z is her boyfriend, so we’re forced to watch their ”Crazy in Love” video over and over, to look for clues. That must be why the clip sits atop MTV’s top 15 videos. In second is Metallica’s ”Hello Dad, I’m in Jail,” better known as ”St. Anger,” filmed at San Quentin. The No. 3 spot belongs to Kelly Clarkson and her sly Fourth of July tie-in, ”Miss Independence.” Other top finishers include Joe Budden’s ”Pump It Up” and Mya’s ”My Love Is Like…Whoa,” which, oddly, earn no royalties for either Elvis Costello or Keanu Reeves, respectively.



1 7 BEYONCE feat. JAY-Z ”Crazy in Love” Columbia 2 1 METALLICA ”St. Anger” Elektra 3 3 KELLY CLARKSON ”Miss Independence” RCA/19 4 2 50 CENT feat. NATE DOGG ”21 Questions” Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 5 4 ASHANTI ”Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)” Murder Inc./Def Jam 6 8 PINK ”Feel Good Time” Arista 7 — WHITE STRIPES ”Seven Nation Army” V2 8 — LUDACRIS ”Act a Fool” Def Jam 9 — MICHELLE BRANCH ”Are You Happy Now?” Maverick/Warner Bros. 10 9 JOE BUDDEN ”Pump It Up” Def Jam 11 11 ROONEY ”Blueside” Geffen 12 15 MYA ”My Love Is Like…Whoa” Interscope 13 13 MONICA ”So Gone” J 14 14 LINKIN PARK ”Faint” Warner Bros. 15 12 CHRISTINA AGUILERA ”Fighter” RCA

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THALIA Thalia (Virgin) An English offering — with a Fat Joe duet — from the Mexican soap star — cum — pop diva, whose Spanish-language remix disc is comfortably ensconced in the top 25 of Billboard’s Latin albums chart.

THE PETER MALICK GROUP FEATURING NORAH JONES New York City (Koch) In the fall of 2000, the blues singer-songwriter collaborated with the then-unknown chanteuse for this five-song EP, which features a rendition of Bob Dylan’s ”Heart of Mine.”

DAVID LEE ROTH Diamond Dave (Magna Carta) Brash metal from the onetime Van Halen frontman, including covers of the Beatles and the Doors.

FANNYPACK So Stylistic (Tommy Boy) These young Brooklyn hipsters were evidently old-schooled in dance beats and new-schooled in ironic rhyme scheming (sample: ”Dig the groove, I bring the shovel/If you wanna see me, you better call Hubble,” from ”System Boomin”’).


JANET JACKSON, in New York, working with her habitual production team, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, on an album tentatively scheduled for a fall release. No title yet (may we suggest Janet’s Planet?).

STEREOLAB, in London, working on their first new CD since the tragic death of member Mary Hansen last year. The as-yet-untitled disc is due in January.

LENNY KRAVITZ, in Bermuda, rocking and rolling his way through a CD slated for a fall release. The self-produced effort is not yet titled.