The Chart

2nd' Helping

Ludacris will be able to afford steak and champagne, now that ''Chicken-N-Beer'' sold 429,000 units right out of the bucket -- er, box. Elvis, no stranger to either of those food groups, followed up his previous set of No. 1 hits with ''2nd to None,'' which, not true to its title, opened in third with 181,000 sold. A new ''Totally Hits'' compilation totally debuted at No. 13 with 68,000, shouting ''Eat my dust, Sevendust!'' at the 67K-selling 14th-placers. At No. 15, a 2Pac remix CD proved Presley doesn't have a lock on irrepressible posthumousness.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 -- LUDACRIS Chicken-N-Beer, Def Jam South 1 2 1 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 3 3 -- ELVIS PRESLEY 2nd to None, RCA 1 4 4 DIDO Life for Rent, Arista 2 5 5 DAVE MATTHEWS Some Devil, RCA 3 6 3 STING Sacred Love, A&M/Interscope 2 7 2 BAD BOY'S DA BAND Too Hot for T.V., Bad Boy 2 8 8 R. KELLY The R in R&B Collection Volume 1, Jive 3 9 12 HILARY DUFF Metamorphosis, Buena Vista 7 10 9 NICKELBACK The Long Road, Roadrunner/Island Def Jam 3 11 6 LIMPBIZKIT Results May Vary, Flip/Interscope 3 12 11 JOHN MAYER Heavier Things, Aware/Columbia 5 13 -- VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Hits 2003, BMG Heritage 1 14 -- SEVENDUST Seasons, TVT 1 15 -- 2PAC Nu-Mixx Klazzics, Death Row 1

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IN STORES OCTOBER 28

THE STROKES Room on Fire (RCA) The moment young indie-rock fans have been waiting for since the band's praise-lavished 2001 debut, Is This It, has finally arrived.

R.E.M. In Time: The Best of R.E.M 1988-2003 (Warner Bros.) From ''Man on the Moon'' to ''Orange Crush,'' a hits set that highlights the thoughtful tunesmanship of the original college-radio staples, with two new tracks to boot.

JIMMY BUFFETT Live in Auburn, WA (Mailboat) The easy-on-the-ears Florida fave offers up a two-disc set that boasts 28 tracks, including covers of Jimi Hendrix's ''The Wind Cries Mary'' and Johnny Cash's ''I Still Miss Someone.''

BILLY BRAGG Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Rhino) The 40-track double CD comes with a disc of 10 rarities by the Brit troubadour. Bragging rites and then some.

IN THE STUDIO

BRANDY is in Hollywood recording her fourth album. Timbaland is doing the lion's share of producing, and word is the disc -- due out early next year -- will have an edgier hip-hop sound.

FATBOY SLIM is working on his fourth CD -- tentatively titled Fatboy 4 -- in his Brighton, England, studio. Too early to say when it'll hit stores, but Damon Albarn, Bootsy Collins, and Blackalicious' Lateef have all contributed vocals.

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