50 Cent’s G-Unit didn’t shift enough units to debut ahead of Jay-Z and Tupac on the album chart. But 50 (far left) can claim at least one victory in the battle of the hip-hop titans, having supplanted Shakur at the top of MTV’s weekly video ranking with his ”Stunt 101” clip. Britney and Madonna’s tuneless ”Me Against the Music” bombed on Top 40 radio, but the sight of the two divas has proved more alluring than the sound, as their video moves up to No. 4. Speaking of hooks that only a dog can hear, Triumph’s ”I Keed” jumped more than 70 spots – no kidding.
1 4 G-UNIT ”Stunt 101” Shady/Interscope 2 1 TUPAC ”Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” Amaru/Interscope 3 6 OUTKAST ”Hey Ya!” Arista 4 7 BRITNEY SPEARS ”Me Against the Music” Jive 5 8 LINKIN PARK ”Numb” Warner Bros. 6 9 LUDACRIS ”Stand Up” Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South 7 10 CHINGY ”Holidae In” Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 8 3 BLINK-182 ”Feeling This” Geffen 9 2 NO DOUBT ”It’s My Life” Interscope 10 5 P.O.D. ”Will You” Atlantic 11 82 TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG ”I Keed” Warner Bros. 12 12 JAY-Z ”Change Clothes” Roc-A-Fella 13 11 CHRISTINA AGUILERA ”The Voice Within” RCA 14 34 NELLY ”Iz U” Universal 15 40 GOOD CHARLOTTE ”Hold On” Epic/Daylight
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IN STORES DECEMBER 9
RUBEN STUDDARD Soulful (J) Studdard aims to crowd-please on his debut, sugaring new material with covers by perennial faves such as the Bee Gees.
KELIS Tasty (Arista) The R&B singer’s ”Milkshake,” the richly suggestive first single from her latest, is currently bringing all the boys to the yard.
THE OFFSPRING Splinter (Columbia) Reggae and acoustic flavors on an album by the Cali punk rockers? Those crazy kids.
BIG TYMERS Big Money Heavy Weight (Cash Money/Universal) The No. 1 stunnas team up with teflon rapper R. Kelly for ”Gangsta Girl.”
IF YOU LIKE…
The artsier side of THE KINKS, work ‘em out with up-and-coming L.A. band THE 88, who occasionally sound like Davies dead ringers on their debut, Kind of Light.
The KIDZ BOP CDs, on which children sing inappropriately adult pop, cringe to Kids Country Hits, on which a prepubescent chorale croons ”Who’s Your Daddy?”
KID ROCK’s new incarnation as a Southern-rock apologist, invite your rowdy friends over for frequent duet partner HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s I’m One of You.
DAN ZANES’ rootsy kid offerings, grab a hoe and join ex-Jason & the Scorchers frontman JASON RINGENBERG for A Day at the Farm With Farmer Jason.
The previous administration, cast your chad for BILL CLINTON’s narration of THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA’s ”Wolf Tracks” (inspired by Peter and the Wolf) and AL GORE’s vocal cameo on ”Al Gore,” an homage by Tennessee band MONKEY BOWL.