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Above and 'Below'

OutKast retakes top slot of the album chart. Sheryl Crow ousts Alicia Keys from her weeks-long perch at No. 2

Outkast | IN AND OUTKAST BigBoi and Andre 3000 are back on top
IN AND OUTKAST BigBoi and Andre 3000 are back on top

Maybe they should change their name to In-and-OutKast. The hip-hop duo have been in and out of the No. 1 position on the Billboard album chart several times over the last four months. This week they're in, spending their sixth nonconsecutive week on top (up two spots from No. 3 last week) and selling another 97,000 copies of ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,'' according to SoundScan. That's only a 4 percent decline from last week, good news for a slow sales week that saw declines of up to 40 percent for each of the top five artists.

Sheryl Crow saw sales slide 10 percent to 73,000, but ''The Very Best of Sheryl Crow'' still jumped four spots to finish second. It dislodged longtime No. 2 ''The Diary of Alicia Keys,'' which slipped to third on sales of 69,000. Risiing one notch was Toby Keith's ''Shock'N Y'all,'' which sold another 66,000 discs for a fourth-place finish. Last week's champ, Josh Groban's ''Closer,'' fell to fifth place on sales of 65,700.

Climbing one space to No. 6 was compilation ''NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 14.'' Slipping three slots to seventh was No Doubt's ''The Singles 1992-2003.'' Holding in place at Nos. 8, 9, and 10, respectively, were Ruben Studdard's ''Soulful,'' Evanescence's ''Fallen,'' and Jay-Z's ''The Black Album.''

Originally posted Jan 21, 2004