As expected, U2's stunning new album, Pop, debuts
this week on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #1, with U. S. sales
of about 349,000 during the week ended March 9 according to
While sales of over a third of a million copies on an
album in a one week period is substantial, it's a far cry from the 950,000
copies of Pearl Jam's 1993 album Vs. that moved out of record stores the
first week that album was available.
Meanwhile, country-something LeAnn
Rimes' Unchained Melody - The Early Years made a disturbing move into
the #2 position; Celine Dion's Falling Into You inched up to #3; Jewel's
Pieces of You reached #4; No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom held its #5
As for that pretender who looks like Joey Ramone (and who seems
to have an entire music video channel devoted to his every move), the
soundtrack to his biopic, Private parts dropped from #1 to #11.