No Doubt have been knocked off the top of the charts again, only this time it
wasn't the ghost of Tupac Shakur, but the even more scary specter of
fourteen-year-old country sensation, blue leather pants wearin' LeAnn Rimes.
Her album of previously released material, Unchained Melody - The Early
Years (what is that, last year?) debuted at #1 on sales of 166,000
according to Soundscan, while her first album, Blue held strong at #10.
The sultry smooth debut by R & B singer Erykah Badu, Baduizm, also
landed high its first week, at #2 on sales of 159,000 copies. No Doubt dropped
to third on sales of 131,000 and Jewel, following in the pop ska band's
footsteps, saw her debut, Pieces of You rise three places to #4, it's
highest chart position yet. Jewel, bolstered by a best new artist Grammy
nomination, has been steadily climbing the charts over the past few months and
a source at her label, Atlantic, said she wouldn't be surprised if the formerly
homeless folkie soon took over the #1 position.
The album that knocked No
Doubt off a few weeks ago, the soundtrack to the Tupac Shakur/Tim Roth movie
Gridlock'd, dropped 12 spots to #14 in its third week on the charts and
the latest Offspring album, Ixnay on the Hombre, fell to #15 after
debuting at #9 last week.