Manson’s “Animals” Takes Top Chart Spot As Hootie Hits High

Apparently the makeover paid off.

Marilyn Manson’s “Mechanical Animals” will top the “Billboard” album chart next week after selling just under 223,000 copies in its first week in stores.

Bolstered by a promotional push that included print, TV, and billboard ads, in-store appearances, and high-profile face time on MTV, the Manson gang posted its best sales week ever knocking last week’s number one, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” down to number two. Meanwhile, last week’s big rock debut, Hole’s “Celebrity Skin,” takes a minor drop from number nine to number 10 after selling another 79,000 copies. The dip makes room for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, who finally crack the top 10 with their “Dirty Boogie,” which slips up to number nine.

Next week will also see Hootie & the Blowfish return to the top five as the band’s latest effort, “Musical Chairs,” will debut at number four after selling more than 110,000 copies. Other notable debuts belong to the “Rush Hour” soundtrack
at number seven, Magic’s “Sky’s The Limit” at number 15, Bette Midler’s “Bathouse Betty” at number 45, and Shaquille O’Neal’s “Respect” at number 58.

Next week will also see Canibus free fall from his debut spot at number two last week to number 22 this week after selling another 51,000 copies.