U2 debuts at #1 in Canada

PAUL CANTIN
Senior Reporter, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Irish rockers U2 found what they were looking for in Canada, but U.S. record buyers decided they could leave the band behind two hot hip-hop acts.

U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" debuted atop the Canadian retail record chart, according to data compiled by SoundScan Canada. While U2's first-week sales of 71,470 were enough to enter at number one here, the results south of the border were less convincing.

"All That You ..." sold 427,826 stateside, but that achievement was eclipsed by Jay-Z's "Dynasty: Rock La Familia," which sold 557,789 copies, and Outkast's "Stankonia," which moved 525,844 -- enough to enter the charts at first and second place respectively, ahead of U2, which finished in third place in the U.S.

In Canada, Outkast (with first-week sales of 10,210) and Jay-Z (9,708) finished the week at fourth and fifth spot respectively. The fourth new entry in the top 10 was Godsmack's "Awake," which sold 8,417 and finished at ninth spot.

U2's Canadian sales were enough to push Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavoured Water," which had topped the charts for two weeks, into second place, on sales of 29,799.

Lenny Kravitz's "Greatest Hits" fell from second to third place (on sales of 22,860), while the soundtrack to "Charlie's Angels" jumped from 19th to sixth spot, with sales of 9,449.

Celine Dion's "Collector's Series: Volume One" sold 8,954 copies, which actually represented a sales improvement over the previous week's 8,407. But because of the chart debuts by U2, Jay-Z and Outkast, Dion dropped from fourth to seventh place.

Creed's "Human Clay" fell from third to eighth place on sales of 8,880, while Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" finished the week at #10 on sales of 7,294.

The most significant chart drop belongs to Radiohead's "Kid A," which parachuted from fifth to 13th place, while Blur's "Best Of" album made an impressive debut at 14th place.


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