In what turned out to be a clash of the music biz titans, Korn edged out Dr. Dre to score the number one spot on next week's "Billboard" album chart.
According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, Korn sold a whopping 573,000 copies of its latest effort, "Issues," in its first week out to claim the top spot. Dre and his long-awaited "Dr. Dre 2001" were close behind at number two after selling more than 516,000 copies in week one. Canadian songstress Celine Dion boats a strong debut as well, arriving at number three after selling more than 302,000 copies of her "All The Way - A Decade Of Song.
Will Smith and Raekwon also managed to score top ten debuts as well, with Smith's "Willennium" landing at number five with 187,000 copies sold and Raekwon's "Immobilarity" hitting number nine with 134,000 copies sold.
Last week's number one, Faith Hill, was nice enough to leave plenty of room at the top of the chart by dropping from one to number ten.
chart also sees notable debuts from Kurupt at 31 with "Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha," the "WCW Mayhem" collection at 40, teen opera star Charlotte Church's self-titled album at 62, Ani DiFranco's "To The Teeth" at 76, the Bob Marley offering "Chant Down Babylon" at 79, Marilyn Manson's live "The Last Tour On Earth" at 82, and Marc Anthony's Spanish language offering "Desde Un Principio" at 164.
-- Robert Mancini