May 22 [12:00 EDT] -- The Spice Girls will continue their stand at the top of the "Billboard" album heap next week, but they're getting a run for their money from a guy named Bob.
The sequined dance wonders will once again have the number one album in the States when next week's "Billboard" is released on Monday. However, contemporary Christian artist Bob Carlisle charges up an impressive 93 spots to land right behind the Spice Girls at number two with year-old album, "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)." The albums sales have been given a healthy boot by the album's title track, an ode to parenthood that has found a home on adult contemporary radio.
In what was a pretty tame week in terms of chart activity, Hanson holds onto the top spot on the "Billboard" singles chart with "Mmmbop." The Verve Pipe made the most dramatic jump in singles-land, leaping from 12 to number eight on next week's listing with "The Freshmen." The group's track continues to do well on the modern
rock singles chart, but it still couldn't topple Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" which returns to the top spot.
Blur's "Song 2" (at number seven) and Foo Fighters' "Monkey Wrench" (number 10) will be next week's new arrivals among the top modern rock tracks.