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Take '5'

Jadakiss debuts atop album chart. The rapper dethrones the Beastie Boys and outsells JoJo, the ''Spider-Man 2'' soundtrack, and Wilco

Jadakiss calls his second solo album ''Kiss of Death,'' which is what the disc was for the chart hopes of the Beastie Boys. ''Kiss'' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart , dethroning last week's champ, the Beasties' ''To the 5 Boroughs.'' The Lox rapper's album sold 246,000 copies, according to SoundScan, while ''Boroughs'' dropped to third place on sales of 143,000, some 60 percent less than during last week's debut.

Usher's ''Confessions'' held in second place for the third straight week and sold another 149,000 discs. R&B singer JoJo's self-titled debut entered the chart at No. 4 on sales of 95,000. Prince's ''Musicology'' climbed one spot to fifth place and sold another 92,000 copies.

Besides Jadakiss and JoJo, other new discs in the top 10 included the ''Spider-Man 2'' soundtrack, debuting at No. 7 (82,000 sold), while Wilco transcended its cult status to enjoy a No. 8 debut (81,000 copies) for ''A Ghost Is Born.'' Holdovers included Gretchen Wilson's ''Here for the Party'' (slipping two slots to sixth place), Velvet Revolver's ''Contraband'' (sliding six slots to No. 9), and Avril Lavigne's ''Under My Skin,'' dropping five places to No. 10.

Originally posted Jun 30, 2004
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