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Culture | The Top 5 best-selling CDs for the week ending Dec. 28, according to Billboard magazine

Issue: "Lord of the box office," Jan. 11, 2003
1
UP!
Shania Twain 4 weeks on chart
STYLE
Disc One: omnipop; Disc Two: same songs, mildly countrified.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
Immodest photos.

WORLDVIEW
"She flies an airplane-she drives a subway train / At night she pumps gasoline / She's on the council-she's on the board / She's a politician-she praises the Lord" ("She's Not Just a Pretty Face").

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OVERALL QUALITY
Two nearly identical 19-song discs equals too much of a good thing.

2
HOME
Dixie Chicks 16 weeks on chart
STYLE
Unplugged country with bluegrass roots.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None (not even "White Trash Wedding," which is dramatic, not didactic).

WORLDVIEW
"More love, I know that's all we need ... / To take us and hold us and lift us above / If there's ever an answer / It's more love" ("More Love").

OVERALL QUALITY
Refreshing-avoids the overproduction, prefabrication, cartoonishness, and obvious cover-song choices usually associated with best-selling country.

3
I CARE 4 U
Aaliyah 1 weeks on chart
STYLE
Sleek, highly stylized contemporary R&B with an erotic subtext made explicit by videos on the bonus DVD.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"More Than a Woman" (explicit sexuality) and the bonus videos, each of which feature a barely dressed Aaliyah bumping, grinding, "belly-rolling," and leaving no doubt as to her meaning.

WORLDVIEW
"Sometimes I'm goody-goody / Right now I'm naughty-naughty" ("Are You That Somebody").

OVERALL QUALITY
Better heard than seen.

4
THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS
Tim McGraw 3 weeks on chart
STYLE
Contemporary country.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None (not even "Red Ragtop," in which premarital sex and abortion cause heartache).

WORLDVIEW
That the "politically correct" who say "Don't pray in school but ... have safe sex" probably live in L.A. and may not have souls ("Who Are They").

OVERALL QUALITY
"I may not be the best of singers / There's better guys I've heard" ("I Know How to Love You Well").

5
8 MILE
Various Performers 7 weeks on chart
STYLE
Rap.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
Most of the 16 tracks (including the six on the bonus sampler) (obscenities, profanities, vulgarity, racial slurs).

WORLDVIEW
That rap, despite its tendency to cater to, and to lower, the lowest common denominator, is legitimate both as entertainment and as a way for the underprivileged to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

OVERALL QUALITY
Lowest common denominator (exceptions: Macy Gray, Boomkat).

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