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Weighing 'Anger'

Metallica's ''St. Anger'' debuts at No. 1. The long-absent metal band fights off top-10 debuts by Jewel, Train, and Lonestar

Maybe Metallica needn't have worried so much about pirates. Despite moving their album release date up four days to foil bootleggers, resulting in a shortened sales week, the band still managed to sell 418,000 copies of ''St. Anger'' (according to SoundScan figures) for a debut on top of the Billboard album chart. The veteran metal band's first album of new material in five years, it outsold all three of this week's other top-10 debuts put together.

Debuting in second place, Jewel's ''0304'' wasn't even close, selling 144,000 jewel boxes. Train pulled in at No. 6, tracking 87,000 copies of ''My Private Nation.'' Just behind was country quartet Lonesdat's ''From There to Here: Greatest Hits,'' which debuted at No. 7 with sales of 86,000.

Metallica and Jewel pushed 50 Cent's ''Get Rich or Die Tryin''' and Evanescence's ''Fallen'' down one spot each; ''Get Rich'' came in third (98,000 copies), while ''Fallen was fourth (90,000 sold). Rising three notches to No. 5 was the ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' soundtrack (88,000 copies). Rounding out the top 10 were the ''Lizzie McGuire Movie'' soundtrack (sliding two to No. 8), Led Zeppelin's live set ''How the West Was Won'' (it debuted at No. 1 last week but fell to No. 9 this session), and Kelly Clarkson's ''Thankful'' (down six to No. 10).

Originally posted Jun 11, 2003
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