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THE CHART

KELLY, KELLY, KELLY

Just ask Moses: idolatry is no passing thing. Skeptics wondered if Kelly Clarkson had outlived her natural half-life, delaying her debut album from last fall until now. But she's still America's sweetie after all, with a big-lunged 297,000-copy welcome for Thankful. In a surprisingly healthy week on the charts, hers was one of four new releases topping 200K, followed by 50 Cent's CD/DVD combo The New Breed, which bred 246,000 in sales; Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will, which nicked 218,000 fans; and Darryl Worley's Have You Forgotten?, whose on-sale date was remembered by 214,000 Bin Laden-haters.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 -- KELLY CLARKSON Thankful, RCA/19 1 2 -- 50 CENT The New Breed, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 1 3 -- FLEETWOOD MAC Say You Will, Reprise 1 4 -- DARRYL WORLEY Have You Forgotten?, DreamWorks 1 5 3 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 11 6 2 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 4 7 4 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Music! 12, Virgin 4 8 9 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 60 9 -- JIMMY BUFFETT Meet Me in Margaritaville, Universal 1 10 7 CHER The Very Best of Cher, Warner Bros. 3 11 8 CELINE DION One Heart, Epic 4 12 10 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 7 13 1 GODSMACK Faceless, Republic/Universal 2 14 5 LISA MARIE PRESLEY To Whom It May Concern, Capitol 2 15 15 KID ROCK Cocky, Lava/Atlantic 74

(C)2003 VNU BUSINESS MEDIA, INC./NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, MAY 3, 2003.

Originally posted May 02, 2003 Published in issue #708 May 02, 2003 Order article reprints
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