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THE CHART

VICTORY MARCH

One gander at this week's chart and you understand why record labels go gaga over the Grammys. Five-time winner Norah Jones leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in the first postshow frame, and from 144,000 CDs sold to a whopping 621,000. Other artists also had the Grammy glow: The Dixie Chicks held steady at No. 4 but moved 76,000 more discs than last week, John Mayer jumped from No. 17 to No. 8, Eminem from No. 18 to No. 12, and Coldplay from No. 22 to No. 13. But even with all the postawards traffic, the debut album from Jay-Z protege Freeway found an open lane into the top 5, with sales of 132,000 units in its first week of release.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 3 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 53 2 2 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 4 3 1 R. KELLY Chocolate Factory, Jive 2 4 4 DIXIE CHICKS Home, Open Wide/Monument/Columbia 27 5 -- FREEWAY Philadelphia Freeway, Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam 1 6 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Grammy Nominees 2003, Grammy/Warner 3 7 5 KID ROCK Cocky, Lava/Atlantic 67 8 17 JOHN MAYER Room for Squares, Aware/Columbia 62 9 7 AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go, Arista 39 10 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack, Def Jam 2 11 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago soundtrack, Epic 7 12 18 EMINEM The Eminem Show, Aftermath/Interscope 41 13 22 COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head, Capitol 27 14 9 VARIOUS ARTISTS Daredevil soundtrack, Wind-Up 4 15 14 SEAN PAUL Dutty Rock, 2 Hard/VP/Atlantic 16

(C)2003 VNU BUSINESS MEDIA, INC./NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, MARCH 15, 2003.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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