The R&B sensation has now taken over the number one spot for the third time since her rookie release, Songs in A Minor, debuted last July. Boosted by a monster live performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last Thursday, Keys sold 192,000 copies of her debut, according to SoundScan numbers, to reclaim the number one spot for the week ended Sunday.
Keys, who bumped Aaliyah's self-titled third album, had earlier dethroned Eminem's D-12 on two separate occasions. She also held off the hyped new release from System of a Down, which opened at number two.
Regardless of the shortfall, System of a Down, which had a free promo concert in L.A. shut down last week after a huge crowd showed up and got violent, still scored the week's highest debut, selling 170,000 copies of their sophomore album, Toxicity. The Los Angeles-based heavy music foursome first broke the FM bubble with the single "Sugar" off their 1998 self-titled debut. The group's fast-breaking first single from Toxicity is titled "Chop Suey!"
Afroman's The Good Times broke into the top 10 at the 10 spot in its second week of release. Re-entering the top 10 were three mainstays that briefly dropped out last week in light of several new releases. The trio--Staind's Break the Cycle, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and 'N Sync's Celebrity--re-entered at numbers six, seven and nine, respectively. Coincidentally, all three acts performed live at the MTV VMAs.
The rest were all holdovers: Aaliyah at number three, Now That's What I Call Music! 7 at four, Mary J. Blige's No More Drama at five and Maxwell's Now at eight. Blige was the only one of last week's five top 10 bows not to drop. Slipknot's Iowa, Brian McKnight's Superhero, Toby Keith's Pull My Chain and Puddle of Mudd's Come Clean were all knocked out in their second weeks.
Aside from System of a Down, only one other new release made the charts. The Doobie Brothers landed at number 142 with their latest Greatest Hits collection.
Next week, look for newcomers like Jay-Z's Blueprint, Mariah Carey's Glitter, Babyface's Face2Face and Bob Dylan's Love and Theft to make a play for the top spot.