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Country star Alan Jackson has 2nd crossover No. 1

August 21, 2003|Robert Hilburn | Times Staff Writer

Alan Jackson's latest greatest-hits album entered the national sales chart at No. 1 on Wednesday, ending the four-week reign of the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack.

Nielsen SoundScan reported that the second volume of Jackson's hits collections sold 328,000 copies in its first week in stores. The album's centerpiece is "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," the country star's massively popular post-Sept. 11 reflection.

Jackson's album far outdistanced the chart's runner-up, Dashboard Confessional's "A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar," which sold 122,000 copies in its first week. "Bad Boys II," the first album to be No. 1 for four consecutive weeks since Shania Twain's "Up!" late last year, finished No. 3 on the new chart. It sold an additional 107,000 copies last week, bringing its five-week total to 905,000.

Jackson has frequently topped the country album sales list, but this is only the second time he has also been No. 1 on the pop chart. His "Drive" CD last year also reached the top of the chart, thanks in part to the presence of "Where Were You."

But Jackson's stay at the top may be brief. The Neptunes' new release, "The Neptunes Present ... Clones," is expected to debut at No. 1 next week, according to Hits magazine.

-- Robert Hilburn

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