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Nine Inch Nails hammers top spot

Eve tumbles to No. 5; Streisand debuts in top 10

The first studio album from Nine Inch Nails in five years, “Fragile,” was anything but delicate in its first week on the pop charts, debuting at No. 1 with sales of nearly 229,000 copies, the group’s label said Wednesday.

The double album becomes the first career No. 1 for Trent Reznor’s techno creation and easily surpasses the opening haul of 119,000 copies for “The Downward Spiral,” which debuted at No. 2 in March 1994.

Last week’s champion on the pop album charts, “Eve: Ruff Ryders’ First Lady,” from Philadelphia rapper Eve, tumbled to No. 5 in its second round — the week ended Sept. 26 — with sales of about 146,000 copies. Interscope Records distributed both the Nine Inch Nails and Eve albums.

Other new entries in the top 10 were Barbra Streisand’s “Love Like Ours” at No. 6 and Brian McKnight’s “Back At One” at No. 7. Streisand’s album sold 145,500 copies, said her Columbia Records label. Her two previous albums, 1997’s “Higher Love” and 1993’s “Back To Broadway,” each debuted at No. 1 with 207,000 units and 121,000 units, respectively.

The Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” held steady at No. 2 with more than 166,000 copies sold, while Santana’s “Supernatural” jumped two places to a new high of No. 3 with 153,000 units. Christina Aguilera’s self-titled album slipped a notch to No. 4 with more than 146,000 units sold.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Dixie Chicks’ “Fly” at No. 8 (down four places from last week); Kid Rock’s “Devil Without a Cause” at No. 9 (down three); and Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” at No. 10 (down two).

Among other debuts were Tori Amos’ double set “To Venus and Back” at No. 12, Adam Sandler’s “Stan & Judy’s Kid” at No. 16 and ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s solo debut “Euphoria Morning” at No. 18.