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Keys opens top spot

'Unplugged' takes first; Allan debuts third

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 20, 2005.

Alicia Keys sold 196,000 copies of “Unplugged” (J Records) to take the top spot on the nation’s album sales chart. All three of her albums have laid claim to No. 1.

Keys becomes the 19th artist to release an “Unplugged” album domestically in connection with the MTV concert show. Dashboard Confessional released the last “Unplugged” album in 2002; Jay-Z put out his “MTV Unplugged” a year before, selling 143,000 copies in its first week. That, however, was only good enough for No. 34.

Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” from 1992 remains the biggest seller in the genre, at 7.5 million. Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged in New York” has sold 4.5 million copies, and Rod Stewart’s “Unplugged and Seated” is at 3.5 million.

Country singer Gary Allan posted the second-highest debut, selling 100,000 copies of “Tough All Over” (MCA Nashville) to land at No. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total is a career-best week for Allan, who now has six albums under his belt.

Ricky Martin’s English-language “Life” (Columbia) secured a top 10 debut, opening at No. 6 on sales of 73,000. His previous English disc, “Sound Loaded” from five years ago, sold 318,000 units in its debut sesh.

Other debuts in the top 50 were Story of the Year’s “In the Wake of Determination” (Maverick), selling 42,000 (No. 19); Sevendust’s “Next” (Windmark) acme in a slot lower, selling 41,000; Danger Doom’s “Mouse and the Mask”(Epitaph), which sold 25,000 (No. 41); and Dolly Parton’s collection of covers, “Those Were the Days” (Sugar Hill), which sold 21,000 as did Jamie Cullum’s second disc in the U.S., “Catching Tales” (Verve). At No. 48, it was Parton’s highest position in 10 years; at 49, it was Cullum’s best week ever.

Last week’s No. 1, Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” (Roadrunner), slipped a notch on sales of 170,000. Black Eyed Peas rose five slots to No. 4 as sales of “Monkey Business” (A&M) rose by 10,000 in the week ended Sunday. Also seeing rises in the top 20 were Young Jeezy (up nine spaces to No. 10), Kelly Clarkson (up nine to 11) and Green Day, up six to 22.

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