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Wed Oct 19, 7:36 PM ET

Nothing like a stripped-down Alicia Keys to get music fans in a tizzy.

The nine-time Grammy-winning R&B songstress--known for such hits as "If I Ain't Got You," "You Don't Know My Name" and "Fallin' "--took over the top spot on the album chart with Unplugged. The album, which features those hits along with collaborations with Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, sold 196,000 copies for the week ended Sunday, according to the latest Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

Unplugged, recorded in July at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, gives the singer her third number one debut in three tries.

Keys' new disc also marks the return of MTV's once popular Unplugged series, which debuted in 1989 and helped create watershed moments for artists like Nirvana, Eric Clapton, R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey and Neil Young before going dormant in 1999.

With Keys taking over the top, Canadian rockers Nickelback slid down to number two. Their latest, All the Right Reasons, sold another 170,000 discs for the week, down from 325,000 copies in its debut.

Country singer Gary Allan roped in the week's second-best bow as his sixth disc, Tough All Over, fought its way to number three on sales of 100,000. Unlike most of his country music contemporaries, Allan hails from Southern California, not Tennessee or Texas.

Latin pop superstar Ricky Martin opened at six with his latest, Life, selling 73,000 copies. Martin, who took a timeout from his "Livin' La Vida Loca"-"She Bangs" heyday to focus on Spanish-language efforts, is making a crossover comeback on the strength of his new hit single, "I Don't Care," with Fat Joe and Amerie.

Outside the Top 10, hard rockers Story of the Year and Sevendust finished at 19 and 20 with, respectively, In the Wake of Determination and Next. Only 700 copies separated the discs.

The rap collaboration Danger Doom followed at 41 with The Mouse and The Mask. The disc pairs together cartoonish rapper MF Doom with producer/Gorillaz member DJ Danger Mouse (the latter famed for his Jay-Z/Beatles mash-up The Grey Album).

Other notable debuts included Dolly Parton's Those Were the Days at 48, Jamie Cullum's Catching Tales at 49, Dru Hill's Hits at 71, Warren G's In the Mid-Nite Hour at 79, Default's One Thing Remains at 89 and the kiss-happy t.A.T.u.'s Dangerous & Moving at 131.

Here's a rundown of last week's Top 10, per Nielsen SoundScan:

1. Unplugged, Alicia Keys

2. All The Right Reasons, Nickelback

3. Tough All Over, Gary Allan

4. Monkey Business, Black Eyed Peas

5. Late Registration, Kanye West

6. Life, Ricky Martin

7. Wildflower, Sheryl Crow

8. The Day After, Twista

9. All Jacked Up, Gretchen Wilson

10. Let's Get It, Young Jeezy

 

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