It may seem like an off-the-wall question, but what do Master P and comedian Jerry Seinfeld have in common?
With Master P's Da Last Don remaining at the top spot in its second official week of release, we now can safely say that both he and the co-creator of the mega-hit comedy show "Seinfeld," which recently went off the air after nine seasons, are retiring atop their game.
Da Last Don, which Master P has stated will be his last album, once again topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, having sold another 218,000 copies, according to SoundScan. That brings his total to 724,000, which includes the 11,000 copies of the album sold in the week prior to Da Last Don's official release date.
While it's not unusual for such hardcore artists to debut near or at the top of the charts, it is somewhat of an anomaly for them to remain there for more than a week. "We've still had a lot of people picking that one up," said Kim Mitchell, a sales associate at Harmony House in Birmingham, Mich. "Mostly that kind of stuff is huge at first and then tapers off, but the demand for the CD has been pretty steady."
The demand for the new Brandy CD, Never S-A-Y Never, was also considerable, with SoundScan reporting sales of 160,000. That was enough copies to land the teen R&B sensation at #3, taking a seat behind the soundtrack to "City of Angels." All this movement at the top of the charts helped dislodge art-grunge rockers Smashing Pumpkins, whose Adore moved 96,000 in its second week of release, according to SoundScan, sending it from #2 to the #8 slot and bringing that album's total sales to 270,000.
In other debut news, Premonition, Southern-styled rocker John Fogerty's live album, landed at #29, while speed-metal gods Slayer clocked in at #31 with Diabolus In Musica. Further down the charts, industrial-rockers Gravity Kills bowed at #107 with Perversion, grunge band Eve 6 saw their self-titled debut land at #163, former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's DLR Band hit #172 and Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson's VH1 Storytellers made its mark at #179. Fiery German industrial band Rammstein also burst onto the charts this week, burning their brand onto the #200 spot with Sehnsucht.
In upwardly mobile chart news, rapper turned actor turned rapper Will Smith took a big jump as his Big Willie Style leapt from #21 to #12 on the strength of his latest single, "Just The Two Of Us."
The Bulworth soundtrack, which features the hit Pras song "Ghetto Superstar" and the Witchdoctor song "Holiday" (RealAudio excerpt), also moved up on the charts, inching from #19 to #13. Also upwardly mobile are power-poppers Fastball, whose All The Pain Money Can Buy went from #32 to #30, and Minneapolis-based indie-rockers Semisonic, whose Feeling Strangely Fine jumped from #54 to #43, and flagpole sittas Harvey Danger, whose Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone went from #190 to #156.
The biggest leap of the week, however, belonged to the Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack, which is a multi-artist mix of such musicians as pop-rockers Third Eye Blind and rappers Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott, and which leapt from #192 to #83 following the film's opening last Friday.
The Spice Girls continued their recent sales bump, with Spiceworld climbing from #61 to #51 and Spice moving from #77 to #72. The surge comes in the wake of Ginger Spice announcing that she had left the British pop sensations. With "Spice World" being released on video this week and their U.S. tour just getting underway, it is likely that the new quartet will continue its trek up the charts next week, as well.
It wasn't all good news on the charts, however.
Hyper-active rappers Onyx saw their Shut 'Em Down tumble from #10 to #36, while trip-hop innovator Tricky's Angels With Dirty Faces slipped from #84 to #132. While those artists may be sad to see their sales decline, they should at least take heart that their albums have held strong in the Top 200. Van Halen's Van Halen III, for example, dropped off the Top 200 this week after just three months on the charts, and new releases from feedback-popsters the Jesus and Mary Chain and moody-rockers Grant Lee Buffalo respectively sold 4,000 and 5,000 copies but failed to make it on the charts at all.
The rest of the Top 10: Various Artists, Godzilla soundtrack (#4); Various Artists, Hope Floats soundtrack (#5); Garth Brooks, The Limited Series (#6); Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (#7); Shania Twain, Come On Over (#9); and DMX, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (#10).