Britney Reclaims Top Of Album Heap As Blackstreet, Sammy Hagar Arrive

Britney Spears may be taking a while to get back up and around on her injured knee, but she’s wasted no time climbing back on top of the album chart.

According to Soundscan sales figures released on Wednesday, Spears will top the album chart next week as her “Baby One More Time” jumps from number three to number one. The album sold just under 168,000 copies last week to earn the top spot.

The album managed to edge out rapper Eminem, whose “Slim Shady” holds at number two with an additional 161,000 copies sold. TLC, who had owned the number one spot for the last four weeks, slip down to number three after their “Fanmail” album sold another 154,000 copies. Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” will round out the top five.

With no new arrivals shaking up the top of the charts, the week’s highest debut belongs to Blackstreet, whose “Finally” sold 79,000 copies in its first week out to land at number nine.

The week also
sees notable new arrivals from Silk at number 21, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar at 22, Cool Breeze at 38, Elton John at 41, Stevie Ray Vaughn at 53, Usher at 76, N.W.A. at 77, and Blur at 80.

The week also brought good sales news for Fear Factory, who jumped into the top 200 with their “Obsolete” album. While the album was released in July of last year, this week’s marks the record’s return to the chart, courtesy of a limited edition digipak version of the CD hitting stores as well as an appearance on MTV’s Spring Break festivities last weekend.