'Hawk' knocks 'Rings' off top
Nothing's changing at the top of the album charts this week. Four of
the top five albums on the Billboard 200 retained their spots for the second
week in a row. Creed's Weathered remained at No. 1, Linkin Park's Hybrid
Theory at No. 2, Ludacris' Word of Mouf at No. 3 and Nickelback's
Silver Side Up at No. 4.
The only difference was at the No. 5 position; Nas' Stillmatic rose
from the No. 9 spot to round out the top five.
Last week's No. 5 album, the various-artists compilation Now 8, fell
to replace Nas at No. 9.
The soundtrack to the Sean Penn/Michelle Pfeiffer drama I Am Sam — in
which Penn plays a mentally disabled father struggling to retain
custody of his child — made a solid debut at No. 25.
The album features modern-day artists covering classic Beatles songs.
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam sings "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
and Ben Folds takes a swing at "Golden Slumbers."
Other artists on the I Am Sam soundtrack include The Black Crowes, Rufus
Wainright, Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow.
In addition to the top 25, Yolanda Adams' Believe rose to No. 46 from
No. 80 and Default's The Fallout reached No. 87 from No. 121.
The week's greatest sales gainers included Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor,
the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
Hoobastank's Hoobastank (which rose nearly 40 spots to No. 37) and
the Orange County soundtrack, which rose to No. 81.
Black hawk up
The based-on-a-true-story war flick Black Hawk Down took No. 1 at the
box office this weekend. The film is director Ridley Scott's (Gladiator)
depiction of Mark Bowden's book of the same title.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sisqo, among others, star in the nation's No. 2
film, the kid flick Snow Dogs. The film debuted at No. 2, pushing Golden
Globe winner A Beautiful Mind to No. 4.
Last week's No. 1 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Ring, fell to No. 3.
Falling to No. 5 from No. 3 was the latest MTV release, Orange County.
Box-office sales for Orange descended by 40 percent to about $9
Miramax' The Shipping News rose 8 percent for a weekend gross of $1.3
million to rest at No. 13, while the French thriller Brotherhood of the
Wolf saw gains of 131 percent, grossing $1.1 million for a 17th-place