Fans of R&B singer Monica stormed music stores last week, driving her first album in five years to the top of Billboard's album chart. ''After the Storm'' sold about 185,000 copies last week, according to J Records. That beats the 155,000 first-week sales of her former ''The Boy is Mine'' duet partner Brandy's last album. Meanwhile, Luther Vandross' ''Dance With My Father'' moves down to No. 2, with a still-impressive 182,000 copies sold. The only other major debuts for the week are Type O Negative's ''Life is Killing Me'' at No. 39, and Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley's solo effort, ''True Reflections,'' at No. 97, according to SoundScan figures cited in published reports.
The rest of the top five is made up of familiar albums: Metallica's ''St. Anger'' at No. 3, Radiohead's ''Hail to the Thief'' at No. 4, Annie Lennox's ''Bare'' at No. 5. Rounding out the top 10 is 50 Cent's ''Get Rich or Die Tryin''' at No. 6, Norah Jones' indomitable ''Come Away With Me'' at No. 7, Evanescence's ''Fallen'' at No. 8, the ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' soundtrack at No. 9, and Kelly Clarkson's ''Thankful'' at No. 10. Next week's chart numbers should be a little more exciting, with both Michelle Branch and Beyoncé's new album expected to debut in the top 10.