Music Article

THE CHART

HEAVEN CENT Talk about seeing a return on your half-dollar. Last week, rapper 50 Cent (see page 42) set a SoundScan record for the best first week for a major-label debut, selling 872,000 -- and that was in a truncated four-day sales week. In week two, with a full seven days to reach its mark, Get Rich or Die Tryin' sold a still monumental 822,000. 50 Cent isn't the only cash cow around. At No. 2, the Dixie Chicks' six-month-old Home continues its resurgence, enjoying collateral publicity from an impressive Super Bowl National Anthem and a concert DVD. The top two new entries came from revered country crooners George Strait (No. 7, with 101,000) and Vince Gill (No. 14, with 67,000).

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 2 2 2 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 25 3 4 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 51 4 3 KID ROCK Cocky, Lava/Atlantic 65 5 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago soundtrack, Epic 5 6 5 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 37 7 -- GEORGE STRAIT Live, MCA Nashville 1 8 7 JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me...Then, Epic 12 9 12 SHANIA TWAIN Up!, Mercury 13 10 26 ROD STEWART It Had to Be You..., J 17 11 30 JOSH GROBAN Josh Groban, Reprise/Warner Bros. 62 12 10 MISSY ELLIOTT Under Construction, Gold Mine/Elektra 14 13 9 AALIYAH I Care 4 U, Blackground/Universal 10 14 -- VINCE GILL Next Big Thing, MCA Nashville 1 15 11 VARIOUS ARTISTS Daredevil soundtrack, Wind-Up 2

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Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints