Music Article

THE CHART

'THIS IS ME'...AT NO. 2

O grammy boost, where art thou? Usually we can count on a couple of unexpected multiple-nominees enjoying significant sales gains right after the Grammy announcements. This year, though, there were no surprises among those repeatedly nominated, with Avril, Eminem, the Chicks, and Nelly already doing fine. At least Norah Jones' five nods may have helped her finally reach No. 1. Jones' sales dropped this week -- to 108,000, from last week's 118,000 -- but not as dramatically as most of her competitors. J.Lo also had minimal erosion, with 88,000 units landing her at No. 2 in this, the first week in over a year where only one album cracked 100K.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 2 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 46 2 6 JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me...Then, Epic 7 3 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 32 4 4 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 20 5 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS 8 Mile soundtrack, Shady/Interscope 11 6 7 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Justified, Jive 10 7 8 SHANIA TWAIN Up!, Mercury 8 8 11 MISSY ELLIOTT Under Construction, Gold Mine/Elektra 9 9 9 AALIYAH I Care 4 U, Blackground/Universal 5 10 5 CHRISTINA AGUILERA Stripped, RCA 11 11 17 JA RULE The Last Temptation, Murder Inc./Def Jam 8 12 19 ELVIS PRESLEY Elvis: 30 #1 Hits, RCA 16 13 12 NAS God's Son, Ill Will/Columbia 5 14 13 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 34 15 15 NELLY Nellyville, Fo' Reel/Universal 29

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Originally posted Jan 24, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints