Her album’s called Come Away With Me, but Norah Jones doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
For the third week in a row, Jones’ debut album, which has been nominated for, among other things, Album of the Year at the 45th annual Grammy Awards, will lay claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart, with weekly sales of more than 112,000 copies, according to SoundScan. In all, Jones and Come Away With Me are up for five awards, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year, and the LP has now sold more than 3.1 million copies since its release last February.
Still hot on the heels of its three Golden Globe wins, the soundtrack to “Chicago,” featuring many songs by the film’s stars Richard Gere and Renée Zellweger, moves up two spots to #2 on next week’s chart, with more than 91,000 copies sold. It’s followed by Avril Lavigne’s Let Go at #3, down a peg from last week’s runner-up position, with sales of more than 90,000 copies.
The most impressive move on comes courtesy of Kid Rock, who has every reason to be cocky, as his second major-label studio album will re-enter the top 10 at #7, the same place where it debuted in November 2001. Cocky, which had been slowly dropping down the chart for months, has been making huge sales strides since its fourth single, “Picture,” a duet with Sheryl Crow, became a crossover radio hit. (Country crooner Allison Moorer initially sang on the radio version of the single, as Crow’s label did not immediately give Rock’s label permission to release the song as a single.) The track sits at #13 on the pop chart and #41 on the country chart, according to Radio & Records.
In the last week of 2002, the album was at #53. It has moved 46 places in the four weeks since, while selling more than 230,000 copies. Last week’s sales of more than 58,000 has been its highest subtotal for that period.
“The whole record Cocky was kind of modeled around the song ’Picture,’ [but] it was a pain in the butt trying to get [the single] released,” Rock said. “The record company didn’t want to touch it. They thought it would kill my career. ’We want to keep him the Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp, “Bawitdaba” guy.’ Which is fine. I’m all of that [too], and there’s gonna be more of that to come.”
Rounding out next week’s top 10 will be the Dixie Chicks’ Home, which vaulted over the 4 million mark with last week’s sales of more than 87,000, at #4; Jennifer Lopez’s This Is Me … Then holding at #5 (80,000); the soundtrack to “8 Mile” also staying put at #6 (60,000); Missy Elliott’s Under Construction dropping a slot to #8 (55,000); Aaliyah’s I Care 4 U doing the same at #9 (51,000); and Ja Rule’s The Last Temptation maintaining its composure at #10 (50,000).
Thanks to heaps of praise thrown around by Eminem and most every mainstream media outlet, 50 Cent has been cashing in with his mixtape Guess Who’s Back? The collection, which features a small contribution from Nas, will jump 29 places to #43, with 8,000 more copies sold than the previous week.
T.a.t.u.’s 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane is headed in the right direction, propelled by the single “All the Things She Said,” the #17 song on R&R’s pop chart. The premiere album by the excessively affectionate teens will jump from #110 to #53, while its weekly sales increased by more than 7,000 copies.
Beyoncé Knowles’ little sister, Solange, will make her debut on the chart at #49 with her first album, Solo Star. Meanwhile, Unwritten Law, rounding out the chart’s notable debuts, will occupy the #134 slot with their acoustic live album, Music in High Places.