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The 'Skin' Trade

In danger of permanent enshrinement in the famous-for-being-famous club, Jessica Simpson can once again safely place ''popular singer'' alongside ''celebrity'' on her resume. In This Skin crawled from No. 16 to a surprising No. 2, on sales of 159,000 -- thanks to season 2 of Newlyweds, a radio hit (''With You''), and expanded CD packaging with a bonus DVD and new tracks. Norah Jones took top honors for a fourth week, moving 204,000 units. At No. 13, Cee-Lo's sophomore disc was the closest thing to a notable debut, selling 56,000 on the up-and-up.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 1 NORAH JONES Feels Like Home, Blue Note 4 2 16 JESSICA SIMPSON In This Skin, Columbia 29 3 4 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 53 4 2 KANYE WEST The College Dropout, Roc-A-Fella 4 5 5 KENNY CHESNEY When the Sun Goes Down, BNA 5 6 7 OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Arista 24 7 6 JOSH GROBAN Closer, Reprise 17 8 10 SHERYL CROW The Very Best of Sheryl Crow A&M/Interscope 18 9 8 TWISTA Kamikaze, Atlantic 6 10 9 EAMON I Don't Want You Back, Jive 3 11 11 MAROON 5 Songs About Jane, Octone/J 43 12 3 YOUNG GUNZ Tough Luv, Roc-A-Fella 2 13 -- CEE-LO Cee-Lo Green...Is the Soul Machine, Arista 1 14 13 CHINGY Jackpot, Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol 34 15 14 BRITNEY SPEARS In the Zone, Jive 16

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ON TOUR

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ON TOUR

THE DARKNESS will spread the gospel of tongue-in-cheek arena rock, starting in Milwaukee March 26, with stops in D.C. (April 6) and Denver (April 19).

MARY J. BLIGE will bring her drama-infused hip-hop/R&B to a venue near you, with shows in Miami (April 11) and Boston (April 24).

Prog-rock forefathers YES are hitting the road again. Their 16-city U.S. tour begins in Seattle April 15 and includes a concert in New York City (May 13).

WHAT'S THAT SONG...

...that added a bit of '80s flavor to teen drama The O.C.'s March 3 episode? It's a cover of OMD's new-wave classic ''If You Leave,'' recorded exclusively for the show by power-pop band NADA SURF.

...playing over the first few shots and closing credits of the season premiere of HBO's The Sopranos? A particularly bittersweet slice of country-rock heartache -- EMMYLOU HARRIS' ''Heaven Only Knows.''

...on the Jackass-inspired commercial for the Mitsubishi Galant? It's tasty '70s glam-rock nugget ''Ballroom Blitz,'' by SWEET.

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Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints
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