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THE CHART

'CHOCOLATE' CAKEWALK Sex scandal, schmex scandal. Some folks thought R. Kelly's career was kaput after he was brought up on child porn charges. (His previous album's belly flop didn't suggest a huge reserve of goodwill.) But never underestimate the forgive-and-forgetfulness of Americans who just want to be entertained. Kelly's unrepentantly horny Chocolate Factory entered at No. 1 with sales of 532,000 units. It was a good week all around for provocation, with bullet-riddled rapper 50 Cent still strong at No. 2 (selling 520,000 copies), the Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack debuting at No. 6 (with 98,000), and the shock-pop lesbianism of t.A.T.u. leaping from No. 36 to No. 13.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 -- R. KELLY Chocolate Factory, Jive 1 2 1 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 3 3 3 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 52 4 2 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 26 5 4 KID ROCK Cocky, Lava/Atlantic 66 6 -- VARIOUS ARTISTS Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack, Def Jam 1 7 6 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 38 8 5 VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago soundtrack, Epic 6 9 15 VARIOUS ARTISTS Daredevil soundtrack, Wind-Up 3 10 16 VARIOUS ARTISTS Grammy Nominees 2003, Grammy/Warner 2 11 8 JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me...Then, Epic 13 12 12 MISSY ELLIOTT Under Construction, The Gold Mind/Elektra 15 13 36 T.A.T.U. 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane, Interscope 8 14 39 SEAN PAUL Dutty Rock, 2 Hard/VP/Atlantic 15 15 18 GOOD CHARLOTTE The Young and the Hopeless, Daylight/Epic 21

(C)2003 VNU BUSINESS MEDIA, INC./NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, MARCH 8, 2003.

Originally posted Mar 07, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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