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Cents and Sensibility

50 Cent tops album chart again. He beat out Norah Jones once more, even as R. Kelly's album rises

50 Cent | 50 MORE Cents still has charts sense
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50 MORE Cents still has charts sense

With his single ''In Da Club'' dominating every radio format short of adult contemporary, 50 Cent's breakthrough album, ''Get Rich or Die Tryin','' just won't stop selling. For the fourth time, it's back on top of the Billboard 200, selling around 280,000 copies, according to published reports. Norah Jones' Grammy-snatching ''Come Away With Me'' is close behind at No. 2, with fans snapping up about 243,000 units.

Meanwhile, scandal-plagued R. Kelly continues to succeed with ''Chocolate Factory,'' which moves from No. 4 to No. 3. And the Dixie Chicks, who had their own problems last week after angering fans with anti-Bush and antiwar comments, held strong, jumping from No. 6 to No. 4. But since their controversy wasn't widely publicized until the end of last week, its sales impact may not be seen until the next chart.

Rounding out the top 10 were gothic-leaning punk rockers AFI, debuting at No. 5 with ''Sing the Sorrow,'' plus the ''Chicago'' soundtrack at No. 6, Fabolous' ''Street Dreams'' at No. 7, Kid Rock's ''Cocky'' at No. 8, Evanescence's ''Fallen'' at No. 9, and Outkast protégé Killer Mike's ''Monster'' at No. 10.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2003