November 20 [14:00 EDT] -- It looks like the Spice Girls aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Contrary to rumors that it was splitsville in Spice world last week, The Gals categorically denied rumors in Paris earlier this week when the Spice Five were swarmed by reporters with inquiring minds, wondering if they were breaking up, going their five separate ways, or calling it quits. "No way!" said Mel. B/Scary Spice and Mel C./Sporty Spice. So the Mel's have it. They're sticking together like Spice on rice.
"Spiceworld," the album, did better in its second week. Though it still remains at #8 on the Top 20 "Billboard" album charts, sales increased by 21%, topping 100,000 units, from 83,266 that sold last week. No doubt the Spice Girls are feeling cheered by this mini-coup.
But who is that Funny Girl fab fingernails taking the #1 spot -- bumping Mase's "Harlem World" to #5? It's Barbra "Please Don't Call Me Babs" Streisand with the perhaps aptly named, "Higher Ground."
Debuting at #3 is Mystikal with "Unpredictable" on Master P's No Limit label, but Master P's own "Ghetto D" is now out of the Top 20. Also new at #4 is LSG with "Levert Sweat Gill," which leaves both last week's #3 and #4, Jay-Z, with "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1" and Rakim's "The 18th Letter" at #18 and #14 this week, respectively. Also new the charts this week: "The Ozzman Cometh" enters at #13, perhaps Mr. Osbourne's lucky number.
Some may be feeling a little less lucky this week, though, like those who fell out of the Top 20 to make room for the newcomers, such as Janet Jackson's "The Velvet Rope," the Dave Matthews Band's "Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95," and NAS Escobar, Foxy Brown, A-Z, and Nature, with "The Firm -- The Album."