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MUSIC CHART TOPPERS 1. "Gold Digger," Kanye West (feat. Jamie Foxx). Roc-a-Fella. 2. "Shake It Off," Mariah Carey. Island. 3. "Lose Control," Missy Elliott (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop). The Gold Mind. 4. "We Belong Together," Marian Carey. Island. 5. "Don't Cha," The Pussycat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes). A&M. 1. "Late Registration," Kanye West. Roc-a-Fella. 2. "Thoughts of a Predicate Felon," Tony Yayo. G-Unit. 3. "Hillbilly Deluxe," Brooks & Dunn. Arista Nashville. 4. "Plans," Death Cab for Cutie. Barsuk. 5. "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey. Island. 1. "Lifesong," Casting Crowns. Beach Street. 2. "Mary Mary," Mary Mary. My Block. 3. "A Tribute to George Younce," Bill & Gloria Gaither. Gaither Music Group. 4. "MMHMM," Relient K. Gotee. 5. "Until My Heart Caves In," Audio Adrenaline. Forefront. 1. "Hillbilly Deluxe," Brooks & Dunn. Arista Nashville. 2. "Time Well Wasted, Brad Paisley. Arista Nashville. 3. "Fireflies," Faith Hill. Warner Bros. 4. "Feels Like Today," Rascal Flatts. Lyric Street. 5. "Twice the Speed of Life," Sugarland. Mercury. 1. "Late Registration," Kanye West. 2. "Thoughts of a Predicate Felon," Tony Yayo. 3. "Let's Get It: Thug Motivations 101," Young Jeezy. 4. "Day by Day," Yolanda Adams. 5. "Harlem: Diary of a Summer," Jim Jones. 1. "Possibilities," Herbie Hancock. 2. "My Point of View," Najee. 3. "Just Feels Right," Euge Groove. 4. "It's On Tonight," Brian Culbertson. 5. "Dreaming Wide Awake," Lizz Wright. 1. "Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon," Yo-Yo MaThe Road Ensemble. Sony Classical. 2. "Tuscany," Andre Rieu. Denon. 3. "Part: Lamentate," Hilliard EnsembleA. LubimovStuttgart Radio (Boreyko). ECM. . 4. "Romance of the Violin," Joshua Bell. Sony Classical. 5. Soundtrack: "Master and Commander." Decca. Billboard magazine 1. Dave Matthews Band; $1,379,991 2. Neil Diamond; $1,359,466 3. Kenny Chesney; $1,125,248 4. Anger Management Tour Eminem50 Cent; $1,042,169 5. Ozzfest; $853,937 Pollstar Average box-office gross per city. TGIFPage 14 tit' ii Time on their side. The Rolling Stones will play during halftime of Super Bowl XL. The group also is taking part in creating promotions throughout the entire NFL season. Rolling Stones bang out a winner Rock "A Bigger Bang," The Rolling Stones They're old, but they're not dead, yet. For 40-plus years, the Rolling Stones have strutted their way across rock 'n' roll's youthful terrain. Now "A Bigger Bang," the band's first studio album since 1997's "Bridges to Babylon," hammers home the fact that The Rolling Stones still have "it" and they're willing to grow. The famously sparring duo of Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards set aside their differences after drummer Charlie Watts developed throat cancer. With producer Don Was at the helm and longtime guitarist Ron Wood in the studio, Jagger and Richards scribed an array of their classically R&B-tinged rock tunes, plus some uncharacteristically confessional songs. On "Biggest Mistake," the 62-year-old singer showcases a refreshing vulnerability, considering his famed take-no-prisoners sexuality (i.e. 1971's "Brown Sugar" and 1966's "Under My Thumb"). Here, Jagger has made "the biggest mistake of my life" by walking out of a relationship because of succumbing to past "rebel" ways. "I acted impatient, acted unkind 1 took her for granted," he sings. Jagger even admits, after realizing his wrongdoing, that he's "becoming a grouch," drinking on the couch and watching TV. This from the man who once crooned "I only get my rocks off while I'm sleeping." Similarly, "Laugh, I Nearly Died" grooves on Richards' bluesy momentum and Jagger's falsetto pleading and wailing groans a lost soul looking for mn, .nniiii i, -in1 m Jove and wandering the world. Richards also rips open his soft side on This Place Is Empty," a slow piano-sprinkled number sweetly darkened by his deep, underrated drawl. But the Stones wouldn't be the Stones without reminding us of their boot-stomping heyday. Big swiveling riffs in "Look What the Cat Dragged In" and "Driving Too Fast" recall the band's penchant for sweaty guitar assaults. Jagger even contributes stellar slide guitar on the simple swagger of "Back of My Hand." No, Jagger can't chicken-strut forever, and Richards has skimmed death's surface a few times already. But for now, time is still on the Stones' side. Yes it is. Sohej Schou, AP Jazz "Blueprint of a Lady Sketches of Billie Holiday," Nnenna Freelon Nnenna Free-Ion took a big risk by inviting comparison to Billie Holiday but has come up with an innovative, intelligent, deeply spiritual album, that pays sincere homage without trying to imitate the legendary Lady Day. From the opening "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" with its pulsating, buoyant Latin percussive rhythms to the closing standard "All of Me" set to a reggae beat, Freelon puts her contemporary stamp on many of the 15 tunes by altering the melodies, rhythms and moods. Freelon's overall approach' is best summed up on her one original song, "Only You Will Know," an imagined dialogue between Lady Day and a young singer seeking to emulate her: Lady Day advises "7" ill (yfj r Vi r, V JL:2gTgfe..J..a J AP her young protege to be yourself: "Sing until you know who you are and why you came Sing until you know your own name. . . . You may sing a ladysong, sweet drawl soft and low but only if the song is you and onlyyou will know." Charles J. Gans, AP Rock "Love Kraft," Super Furry Animals If s difficult not to use the word "weird" in describing the Super Furry Animals. Not many rock bands are Welsh; even fewer dress as yetis. The first sound on "Love Kraft," the Furries' seventh album, is guitarist Bunf splashing into a swimming pool. Kerplunk goes the Super Soggy Animal. Then comes "Zoom," a blistering, 7-minute swirl of slashing guitar and foreboding choir. Gruff Rhys sings, "I can't get enough of it Kiss me with apocolypse An instant hit." After the band's overtly political "Phantom Power" in 2003, it sounds as though Rhys has thrown up his hands at the world: "dug myself a hole then I fell into a vacuum." Obviously, the Super Furry Animals can be a bit much. But they steer one of the most entertaining and beautiful trips down an LP this side of the Flaming Lips. In a stunning bridge on "Frequency," the Furries show they still have some fight left in them: "Hand in hand we can break the command." But it's impossible to actually think about politics during "Frequency" or most any SFA song. Thankfully, in the sonic world of the Furries, the real world doesn't make a splash. JafeeCoyle.AP FLORIDA Sultry Syleena leaves little to imagination R&B "Chapter 3: The Flesh," Syleena Johnson Syleena Johnson turns up the heat on her latest and most seductive release, "Chapter 3: The Flesh." In her first album in nearly three years, the sultry 28-year-old leaves little to the imagination with sensual songs like "The Flesh," "Slowly" and "Phone Sex," the latter featuring fellow Chi-town native Twista. "Can you see me in a red thong? Red pump heels, nothing else on," she teases on "Phone Sex," adding much-needed flair to a mediocre collection focusing on the ups and downs of love. Fabolous and Johnson's mentor R. Kelly appear on the first single, the uptempo club banger "Hypnotic." Kelly also joins Johnson on "Special Occasion," where he provides yet another step routine. Standouts include Anthony Hamilton on the powerful duet "More," Common on the Kanye West-produced "Bulls Eye" and Jer-maine Dupri on "Classic Love Song." These tracks help make the album a good alternative to the bubble-gum R&B from artists like Teairra Marie and Ciara. Michael Feeney, AP AP Just like dad. Syleena Johnson is the daughter of '60s R&Bblues singer Syl Johnsonr part of the famed" Hi Records roster. TODAY,. -, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005

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