Who wouldn’t want to be ”Black” like him? Or ”retired” like him? Jay-Z’s claim that ”The Black Album” will be his last was met with a huge grain of salt, but the PR helped spur a 463,000-copy bow (on only three days of sales to boot). Speaking of not-so-retired rappers, the late Tupac took second place with a 430,000-unit debut for ”Resurrection.” Also busting out in this blockbuster week: G-Unit (377,000), Josh Groban (375,000), Kid Rock (188,000), and Pink (147,000), along with rarity-laden comps from Springsteen (90,000) and Pearl Jam (89,000).
LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART
1 — Jay-Z THE BLACK ALBUM, Roc-A-Fella 1 2 — TUPAC Resurrection soundtrack, Amaru/Interscope 1 3 — G-UNIT Beg for Mercy, Interscope 1 4 — JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 1 5 1 TOBY KEITH Shock’n Y’all, DreamWorks 2 6 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That’s What I Call…Vol. 14, Columbia 2 7 2 SARAH MCLACHLAN Afterglow, Arista 2 8 — KID ROCK Kid Rock, Atlantic 1 9 — PINK Try This, Arista 1 10 4 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, A&M/Interscope 2 11 5 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 8 12 7 ROD STEWART As Time Goes By…, J 4 13 8 CLAY AIKEN Measure of a Man, 19/RCA 5 14 — BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Essential…, Columbia 1 15 — PEARL JAM Lost Dogs, Epic 1
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IN STORES DECEMBER 2
ALICIA KEYS The Diary of Alicia Keys (J) Ivories are tickled, just like on 2001’s multiplatinum Songs in A Minor. Emotions flow freely. And, not that the Grammy winner needs anyone’s help, but Missy Elliott and Nas lend guest vocals.
ELEPHANT MAN Good 2 Go (VP/Atlantic) The Jamaican dancehall star brings his toasty flow to the U.S., with assists from Bone Crusher and Killah Priest.
TRACE ADKINS Comin’ On Strong (Capitol) Country Music Award winner Adkins delivers a pickup’s worth of new tunes, whose titles — ”Rough & Ready” and ”Untamed,” to name two — suggest he really will be comin’ on strong.
KINKY Atlas (Nettwerk) The sophomore effort from the Mexican quintet, who blend Latin folk-dance music (cumbia) and Mexican dance music (norteno) with electronica in the interest of getting this fiesta started.
BARENAKED LADIES will try to be Everything to Everyone — at least everyone who checks out their shows in San Diego (Dec. 5), St. Louis (Dec. 7), and Kingston, R.I. (Dec. 16).