The Chart

The Adkins Diet

Can you say cat scratch fever? No, Ted Nugent doesn't have a hit album, but it was sho'nuff a catfight for No. 1, with Ashanti and Beyonce clawing it out for the second week in a row. When the fur stopped flying, Ashanti stood victorious, having moved another 135,000 copies of Chapter II. Elsewhere, the eponymous English-language debut of Mexican chanteuse Thalia -- a.k.a. Mrs. Tommy Mottola -- bowed at No. 11 with a less-than-spicy 50,000 units sold. And lest one think only comely thrushes get into the top 10, get a load of the country stud at No. 9: Trace Adkins, who moved 56,000 copies of his Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Ride on, podnuh.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 ASHANTI Chapter II, Murder Inc./Def Jam 2 2 2 BEYONCE Dangerously in Love, Columbia 3 3 7 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 19 4 3 LUTHER VANDROSS Dance With My Father, J 5 5 5 50 CENT Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 23 6 4 MICHELLE BRANCH Hotel Paper, Maverick 3 7 6 METALLICA St. Anger, Elektra 6 8 9 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me, Blue Note 72 9 -- TRACE ADKINS Greatest Hits Collection..., Capitol 1 10 18 CHER The Very Best of Cher, Warner Bros. 15 11 -- THALIA Thalia, Virgin 1 12 15 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 16 13 11 KELLY CLARKSON Thankful, RCA 13 14 8 MONICA After the Storm, J 4 15 12 VARIOUS ARTISTS Charlie's Angels... soundtrack, Columbia 3

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IN STORES JULY 29

BAD BRAINS Banned in D.C.: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs (Caroline) Hardcore punk to rattle your gray matter, courtesy of the 1980s innovators.

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY Truly She Is None Other (Damaged Goods) Golightly, who duets with the White Stripes on Elephant, is a Truly appealing tunesmith.

THE SLEEPY JACKSON Lovers (Astralwerks) The first full-length album from the critically acclaimed trio, known for enhancing their rock & roll ways with winsome, Flaming Lips-style loveliness.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS World Is Turning (D&F) Reggae star Toots Hibbert offers disco and jungle flavors alongside languid, sunset-friendly jams.

IF YOU LIKE...

The introspective psychedelia of SKY CRIES MARY, bliss out to Brighter When, the gorgeous new solo CD from ex-SCM guitarist MARC OLSEN.

DEPECHE MODE's catchy synth-pop, plug into KENNA's New Sacred Cow, which updates and expands on '80s keyboard rock.

Old-school bluegrass, pick up The Three Pickers, a lively live album from EARL SCRUGGS, DOC WATSON, and RICKY SKAGGS.

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