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THE CHART

SWAN SONGS

Better dead than defiant. At least, that's how the public voted when it came to the week's debuting divas. Aaliyah's posthumous two-CD set, I Care 4 U, came in at No. 3, selling 280,000 copies to top Whitney Houston's Just Whitney..., which entered at No. 9 on sales of 205,000. Houston didn't seem to gain much sales momentum from her testy Diane Sawyer interview, but TV did wonders for other gals. The Dixie Chicks took a leap to No. 2 and sold 295,000 after a concert special. And Norah Jones had SNL to thank for her best sales week yet, moving 170,000 units. Shania took a tube respite but remained the Uberdiva, placing another 373,000 Up!s with people.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 1 shania twain Up!, Mercury 4 2 9 dixie chicks Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 16 3 -- aaliyah I Care 4 U, Blackground/Universal 1 4 2 tim mcgraw Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors, Curb 3 5 5 various artists 8 Mile soundtrack, Shady/Interscope 7 6 6 avril lavigne Let Go, Arista 28 7 4 various artists NOW That's What I Call Music! 11, Universal 4 8 7 jennifer lopez This Is Me...Then, Epic 3 9 -- whitney houston Just Whitney..., Arista 1 10 -- B2K Pandemonium!, Epic 1 11 13 Justin Timberlake Justified, Jive 6 12 11 elvis presley 30 #1 Hits, RCA 12 13 10 faith hill Cry, Warner Bros. 9 14 3 mariah Carey Charmbracelet, MonarC/Island 2 15 17 Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Blue Note 42

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Originally posted Jan 03, 2003 Published in issue #689 Jan 03, 2003 Order article reprints