Kiss Fans Plant Psycho Circus Near The Top

Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals slips to #5; Lauryn Hill reclaims #1 spot.

When the original lineup of '70s rock-giants Kiss reunited last year, makeup and all, for

full-scale arena extravaganzas, their fans rewarded them by making the tour one of the

year's most-successful outings.

On Tuesday, the original lineup of makeup-clad, metal-pop rockers released Psycho

Circus and their fans came through once again, sending the album to the #3 spot on

this week's Billboard 200 albums chart.

Psycho Circus, Kiss' 21st album, is the first recording with the original members --

drummer Peter Criss, guitarist Ace Frehley, bassist Gene Simmons and singer/guitarist

Paul Stanley -- since their 1981 concept album, Music from "The Elder".

According to SoundScan, the organization that tracks album sales, 109,000 copies of

Psycho Circus were sold in the week ending Sept. 27.

To follow on the album's release, Kiss will be heading out on another tour this year,

including a much-anticipated Halloween show in Los Angeles, where Smashing

Pumpkins are scheduled to open the bill.

Coming in just behind Kiss are Christian rappers/rockers D.C. Talk. Their

Supernatural moved 106,000 copies and was hot on Kiss' trademark

eight-inch-boot-heels at #4. The week's other top-10 debut belongs to R&B singer Keith

Sweat, whose Still In The Game kicked in at #6.

With three debuts in the top 10, some rearranging of chart positions was inevitable.

Last week's #1, Mechanical Animals, from recently reborn glam-rocker Marilyn

Manson, dropped to #5 with sales of 98,000, bringing his two-week total to 321,000. That

left room for Fugees rapper/singer Lauryn Hill to take her The Miseducation of Lauryn

Hill to the top spot once again, selling 168,000 copies this week for a total of 1.3

million sold since its release five weeks ago.

Hill was followed by 'N Sync's self-titled debut, up from #5 last week. Further down the

charts, Hootie and the Blowfish's Musical Chairs, last week's #4, tumbled to #12

on sales of 75,000, bringing their two-week total to 185,000.

Among other notable albums making their first impact on the charts this week was

The Imperial, from the rap posse Flipmode Squad, which hit #15.

"We trying to do everything to hit in every area -- universal, underground, market-friendly,

happy radio-sh--," group member Rampage said earlier this year of Flipmode Squad's

goals for The Imperial. "We was trying to hit every glob, every land, every sea,

every bridge -- everything." Though many of the 71,000 copies sold last week

probably went to people excited to hear new songs from group member Busta Rhymes, it

should also be noted that the entire posse made a name for itself performing such songs

as

HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Flipmode_Squad/Cha_Cha_Cha.ram">"Cha Cha

Cha" (RealAudio excerpt) and

HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Flipmode_Squad/Everybody_On_The_Line_Outsid

e.ram">"Everybody On The Line Outside" (RealAudio excerpt) on this year's

all-star, rap-heavy Smokin' Grooves tour.

Falling just behind the hyperactive rappers in Flipmode Squad was the pop-rock trio

known as Goo Goo Dolls. Dizzy Up The Girl, its sixth album, sold 65,000 copies to

come in at #17.

The group was a part of a small controversy last week when New York City-based radio

shock-jock Howard Stern persuaded his station, K-Rock, to ban the Goo Goo Dolls from

its playlist until the group agreed to perform a song on his show while men in sailor suits

and G-strings danced around the studio, a stunt devised because Stern said he thought

the band's music was "gay." On Thursday, the group performed its hit

HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Goo_Goo_Dolls/Iris.ram">"Iris" (RealAudio

excerpt) on the show and Stern got his wish as a parade of gay men in thongs pranced

around the studio.

This week's other big debuts came in further down the charts. Rock-crooner Chris Isaak's

Speak of the Devil landed at #41, while Lyle Lovett tipped his cowboy hat at #55

with Step Inside This House and celebrated hip-hop lyricist Ras Kass came in at

#63 with Rasassination.

Big-beat stars the Chemical Brothers, meanwhile, landed at #95 with a mix project,

Brothers Gonna Work It Out, while newly re-formed rockers Sunny Day Real

Estate bowed at #132 with How It Feels To Be Something On.