Leading the list of top sellers for the second straight week, the Dixie Chicks won't be easily ousted from their roost at the top of the Billboard albums chart.
Home, the country trio's third major-label LP, sold more than 366,000 copies according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (September 11), to keep its grip on the top slot. Combined with its first-week total of more than 779,000, which gave the Chicks' first album in three years the honor of being 2002's highest chart debut, Home has moved more than 1.1 million copies in all.
Still waters immediately follow Home, as The Eminem Show (more than 178,000 copies sold), Avril Lavigne's Let Go (145,000) and Nelly's Nellyville (136,000) each retain their previous positions at #2, #3 and #4, respectively. However, only Marshall Mathers' third album managed to improve upon its weekly draw, by approximately 3,000 copies.
Chanteuse Norah Jones will make strides up the chart with Come Away With Me. After 28 weeks among the top 200, Jones' debut LP will move from #11 to #5, having enjoyed a weekly increase of more than 2,000 copies.
Room for Squares by balladeer John Mayer will also move closer to the top, advancing seven places to #15. The singer/songwriter, who wraps his current tour Saturday in Atlanta, has had his weekly pull swell by more than 3,000 copies.
Although it hasn't been officially serviced to rock radio, "The Zephyr Song," the second single off the Red Hot Chili Peppers' By the Way, has ridden the airwaves enough for the album to make a five-place chart hop, from #24 to #19. The Peppers' follow-up to 1999's Californication is expected to continue its skyward trajectory as radio stations further embrace the tune and a new video surfaces.
The biggest top-40 chart boon comes courtesy of the late genre-jumping singer/guitarist Eva Cassidy, who succumbed to cancer six years ago at age 33. Relegated mainly to the underground in life, she gained mainstream acceptance after death and each of her posthumous albums has carried with it media coverage of her tragic tale. The latest, Imagine, composed of live recordings and studio demos, will catapult from #105 to #32 in its third week on the chart.
System of a Down's Toxicity will also make a sizable surge, jumping ahead 18 spots to #24 by moving nearly 10,000 more copies than the week before. After more than a year on the charts, the second album from the politically conscious rockers has sold more than 2.5 million copies while yielding singles "Aerials," "Chop Suey!" and the LP's title track.
The remainder of next week's top 10 will be rounded out by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's The Rising, moving up two spots to #5; Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head, sliding from #5 to #7 in its second week; Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 10, taking two steps forward to #8; Eve's Eve-olution reversing three places to #9 after two weeks; and the Clipse's Lord Willin' conceding a place to #10.
Only one new release managed to crack the top 100, the concert keepsake Ozzfest 2002 Live Album, which will rear its demonic head on the charts at #82. Featuring cuts from tour noisemakers Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, P.O.D. and Rob Zombie, the third live offering from the Ozzfest camp sold more than 15,000 copies.