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THE CHART

'GOLDEN' RULES

Gross is, of course, a synonym for earn, and Marilyn Manson brought plenty of bacon home to his pin-up star girlfriend with solid first-week returns for The Golden Age of Grotesque. Though the shock rocker's sales have been on a slide in recent years, his 118,000-unit opening week suggests maybe Manson isn't destined to live out life as an Onion punchline after all. No punches were being pulled by Interscope Geffen A&M, which achieved the rare feat of owning the three top spots, with 50 Cent back up to No. 2 and Cold sorely prominent at No. 3 with a 101,000-copy debut. Third Eye Blind had a barely visible bow at No. 12, with 63,000.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 -- MARILYN MANSON The Golden Age of..., Nothing/Interscope 1 2 5 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 15 3 -- COLD Year of the Spider, Geffen 1 4 6 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 11 5 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Matrix... soundtrack, Maverick/Warner Bros. 2 6 2 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 64 7 9 KELLY CLARKSON Thankful, RCA/19 5 8 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack, Walt Disney 4 9 4 CHER The Very Best of Cher, Rhino 7 10 1 THE ISLEY BROTHERS Body Kiss, DreamWorks 2 11 12 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 8 12 -- THIRD EYE BLIND Out of the Vein, Elektra 1 13 3 JACK JOHNSON on and on, Moonshine Conspiracy 2 14 11 VARIOUS ARTISTS American Idol Season 2..., RCA 3 15 7 CELINE DION One Heart, Epic 8

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Originally posted May 30, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints