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Josh Groban unseats OutKast atop album chart

Josh Groban unseats OutKast atop album chart. The tenor's ''Closer'' climbs 10 spots after going on sale at Target stores

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Josh Groban moved ”Closer” to the 2 million sales mark this week, thanks to a sales promotion at Target stores that sent the crooner’s album shooting up 10 spots to the top of the Billboard chart. Billboard credits the chain store’s two-CDs-for-$20 campaign, which centered on ”Closer,” with a 34 percent sales boost for the nine-week-old album. ”Closer” sold 110,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan, finishing at No. 1 during a week that saw sales fall by as much as one-third for the rest of the top-10 discs.

”The Diary of Alicia Keys” saw sales slip 12 percent to 102,000, but held on to the No. 2 slot. Last week’s champ, OutKast’s ”Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” dropped to third place on sales of 101,700. No Doubt’s ”The Singles 1992-2003” saw sales slide to 89,000, though the album gained a chart position to finish fourth. Similarly, Toby Keith’s ”Shock’N Y’all” jumped from No. 9 to No. 5 despite a sales dip to 82,000.

Sliding two slots to No. 6 was ”The Very Best of Sheryl Crow.” ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 14” dropped four notches to No. 7. Climbing two rungs to No. 8 was Ruben Studdard’s ”Soulful.” Evanescence’s ”Fallen” fell two to No. 9, and Jay-Z’s ”The Black Album” lost four places to land at No. 10.

Originally posted January 14 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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