TILL DEATH DO YOU CHART: It's been almost five years since the shooting death of Tupac Shakur, and yet, once again, he's at the top of the charts. The rapper's latest posthumous release, Until the End of Time, sold a whopping 427,000 copies in its first week on the charts, placing it solidly above Shaggy's Hot Shot, which sells another 176,000 at No. 2.
Everyday from the Dave Matthews Band comes in at No. 3, with sales of 109,000, followed by 112's Part III, which drops two notches, selling just less than 100,000. Dido's No Angel comes in next, selling 87,000, while Train's Drops of Jupiter debuts at No. 6, as fans pick up more than 80,000 copies. Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water sells 79,000 at No. 7, while Trick Daddy's Thugs R Us, last week's No. 4, sells almost 79,000 at No. 8. At No. 9 is Aerosmith's latest, Just Push Play, selling 77,000, and India.Arie's Acoustic Soul is this week's No. 10, selling more than 76,000 copies in its debut.
TOP 10 CONTENDERS: Lifehouse's No Name Face remains the most likely up-and-comer for the Top 10. In fact, it currently sits at No. 11, having sold more than 71,000 copies last week. Aaron Carter's Aaron's Party (Come Get It) has jumped from No. 49 to No. 21 in two weeks, while Uncle Kracker, Kid Rock's DJ, has watched his Double Wide cruise up to No. 25. Additionally, Best New Artist Grammy nominee Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance has moved from No. 64 a week ago to No. 39, selling almost 40,000 copies, and the Remember the Titans soundtrack, off the charts just two weeks ago, has moved to No. 49, selling almost 38,000 copies.
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Outside of the Top 10: Buckcherry's Time Bomb bows the highest, selling 25,000 copies at No. 64. Ben Harper's Live From Mars sells 23,000 at No. 71, while Shawn Colvin's latest, Whole New You, comes in at No. 101, selling 17,000 copies. A new greatest-hits set from Billy Idol sells 15,430 at No. 111, outdistancing the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack by less than 400 copies.
OSCAR OOMPH: Winning that Best Song Oscar has given Bob Dylan's sales a nice little boost. The track, "Things Have Changed," which Dylan performed during the ceremony, has helped the Wonder Boys soundtrack, on which it appeared, to No. 166 and Essential Bob Dylan to No. 194. Might not seem like much, but neither album was on the charts the previous week.
MILESTONES: This time next week, Nelly's Country Grammar will have crossed the 6 million sales mark, and The Beatles' 1 will have hit 7 million. Musiq's Aijuswanaseing will have hit 1 million, a number that David Gray's White Ladder is closing in on. Also, Matchbox Twenty's Mad Season has just sold it's 3 millionth copy.
BOTTOM FEEDING: This week's No. 200: Selena's Live — Last Concert, which sells 6,402 copies to earn the distinction.