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50 Cent nicks Faith

Evans' disc falls just short of top album slot

Faith Evans’ “The First Lady” (Capitol) came within 8,000 units of dethroning 50 Cent, but the rapper’s “The Massacre” holds on to No. 1 for the sixth straight week.

The 50 Cent disc (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) sold 165,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Evans’ disc, buoyed by the hit “Again,” is her first for Capitol after three on Sean Combs’ Bad Boy. It is also her highest-charting album to date.

The other top 10 debut went to Lisa Marie Presley, whose “Now What” (Capitol) opened at No. 9 on sales of 56,000. Two years ago, her debut, “To Whom It May Concern,” sold 142,000, or nearly three times as many discs, in its opening sesh.

Other debuts included Donnie McClurkin’s “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs” (Verity) at No. 12, selling 52,000; Brandy’s “Best of,” (Atlantic) selling 26,000 at No. 27; Hot Hot Heat’s soph effort “Elevator” (Warner Bros.), taking No. 34 on sales of 21,000; and “The OC Mix 4” (Warner Bros.), selling 16,000 at No. 56.

A rebroadcast of Oprah Winfrey’s wedding special did wonders for Chris Botti’s “When I Fall in Love” (Columbia). The trumpeter’s disc, which fell off the top 200 last week, shot up to No. 47 on sales of 18,000.

The top 10 saw little change, as Beck’s “Guero” slid one spot to No. 3 despite a 50% dip in sales (81,000) in its second week. “Pleasure and Pain” (Def Jam), from R&B group 112, sold 60,000 and dropped a slot to No. 5; Will Smith’s “Lost and Found” (Interscope) stayed at No. 6, selling 60,000 copies.

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