Maybe people were too glued to war coverage on TV to go to the record store. In a slow sales week, 50 Cent’s ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ held onto the top spot on the Billboard album chart for a third straight week and sold another 240,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Norah Jones stayed in second place, selling another 176,000 copies of ”Come Away With Me.” And R. Kelly’s ”Chocolate Factory” stuck at No. 3 with sales of 105,000. All three saw modest sales drops from last week, while the ”Chicago” soundtrack saw a small pre-Oscar bounce that lifted it two notches to No. 4 and sell another 96,000 records. Evanescense’s ”Fallen” also saw a sales drop to 85,000 but still rose four spots to fifth place.
In the first full sales week since Natalie Maines’ controversial dis of President Bush, the Dixie Chicks’ ”Home” fell three places to No. 7 and saw a sales drop of 42 percent. (Still, it tops Billboard’s Country Albums chart for the 17th straight week.) Dancehall reggae artist Sean Paul reached the top 10 for the first time when ”Dutty Rock” climbed three slots to No. 9, even though it sold fewer albums than last week. Riding the hype of the ”8 Mile” DVD release, the Eminem movie’s soundtrack vaulted from No. 29 to No. 10. Rounding out the top 10 were Kid Rock’s ”Cocky” (No. 6) and Fabolous’ ”Street Dreams” (No. 8).