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Rascal Flatts debut at No. 1. They dethrone Green Day and outsell new releases by Hilary Duff, Ciara, the Used, and Marilyn Manson

Believe it or not, only two country groups have ever topped the Billboard album chart. The Dixie Chicks have done it twice (with Fly and Home, and now, so have Rascal Flatts, who sold 201,000 copies of Feels Like Today, according to SoundScan, and debuted at No. 1. That feat kept Hilary Duff from a No. 1 debut for her new self-titled CD, which entered the chart in second place and sold 192,000 copies.

Also kept from the top spot was hip-hopper Ciara. Her Goodies debuted at No. 3 on sales of 125,000. Other new releases in the top 10 were The Used's In Love and Death, debuting at No. 6, and Marilyn Manson's Lest We Forget: The Best Of, which started off at No. 9.

Last week's chart topper, Green Day's American Idiot, fell to fourth place its second week, with sales dropping by about half to 124,000. Also sliding three slots was Nelly's Suit (No. 5), while his simultaneous release Sweat dropped four spots to No. 8. Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company slipped one notch to No. 7, and Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying fell five spots to 10th place. Just missing out on top 10 openings were Joss Stone's Mind, Body & Soul (No. 11), the 37-years-in-the-making Brian Wilson Presents Smile (No. 13), Talib Kweli's The Beautiful Struggle (No. 14), Interpol's Antics (No. 15), Queen Latifah's The Dana Owens Album (No. 16), and Guerilla Black's Guerilla City (No. 20).

Originally posted Oct 06, 2004
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