‘N Sync Gets Early Christmas Gift On Charts

If this week’s SoundScan sales figures are any indication, ‘N Sync is going to be making a lot of girls scream on Christmas morning.

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the boys saw their self-titled debut album enjoy its biggest sales week ever. The album sold more than 245,000 copies to land at number three on the chart in its 37th week of release. The group’s more recent release, “Home For Christmas,” also enjoyed a bit of a bump as it sold more than 153,000 copies to claim number nine on the chart.

Despite the push, the boys couldn’t counter the one-two punch of Garth Brooks and Celine Dion who will hold the number one and two slots on the chart respectively. Garth’s “Double Live” album sold another 423,000 copies to hold on to the top spot, while Celine’s “These Are Special Times” moved 366,000 more units to climb to number two.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Jewel’s “Spirit” holds on to number four (with 241,978 copies sold), Metallica’s “Garage Inc.” drops
to number five (with 204,993), Tupac’s “Greatest Hits” slips to number six (184,228 copies), Mariah Carey’s “# 1s” holds at number seven (177,272 copies), the Backstreet Boys’ self-titled album steps up to number eight (171,121 copies), and Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” jumps up to number 10 (142,665).

Next week’s chart is thin on debuts, as Full Blooded’s “Memorial Day” holds the week’s highest entry at 112.