Music: Rock At The Top

Creed's Weathered blows past Britney on the charts

Culminating the progress that rock has made against pop this year, three dudes who write their own songs and play their own instruments are outselling Britney Spears with their new CD. For many people over 14, that sounds like an answer to a fervent prayer. But it's unclear whether the hard-rock band Creed's new album Weathered (Wind-up), which debuted at first place on the Billboard 200 by selling 887,000 copies in its first week, is salvation or the devil in disguise.

Creed is certainly better than just about any teen-pop act. Vocalist Scott Stapp, 28, has a vibrato like a mounted...

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