Sarah McLachlan Dismisses "Greatest Hits" Tag For New Live Album

It's two weeks until the third edition of Lilith Fair is slated to kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia with an opening night line-up that includes Luscious Jackson, Mya, Sheryl Crow, Deborah Cox, Beth Orton, Sixpence None the Richer, and the fest's founder, Sarah McLachlan.

McLachlan's new live album, "Mirrorball," registered some impressive sales figures in its first week, good enough to land the songwriter at number three on next week's Billboard Album charts -- and indicating that fans are once gain ready to embrace this year's Lilith Tour.

MTV News sat down with McLachlan recently to discuss Lilith and the new concert record, which some have welcomed as a sort of greatest-hits compilation, although McLachlan says she doesn't quite see it that way.

"People keep calling it the greatest hits," McLachlan said, "and for me it's like, no these are just my favorite songs, the ones I felt translated

best, that still feel the best for me to sing."

"You know, people still want to hear some of the old stuff," she added, "and for me it's really difficult, because I don't feel any sense of connection to a lot of that stuff. Because [I wrote some of] it twelve years ago, and it's not that I don't like it or feel that kind of attachment to it, but just to sing it doesn't give anything to me anymore. So, I feel like I'm sort of lying if I sing it." [RealVideo]

The Top 5 debut for "Mirrorball" is made all the more impressive by the fact that McLachlan's last studio album, 1997's "Surfacing," has logged 101 weeks in Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart -- and is currently holding strong at number 56.

Lilith Fair '99 launches at Vancouver's Thunderbird Stadium on July 8.