Rapper Notorious B.I.G., killed in a March 9 drive-by in
Los Angeles, held on to the top spot on the Billboard charts with his
posthumous double-CD, Life After Death, which sold 307,000 copies for
the week ending April 6, according to Soundscan. Three-week sales (nearly 6,000
copies of the album were sold before the official release date) now top one
million copies and B.I.G. becomes the first artist to hold the top spot for two
weeks straight in 11 weeks, a feat last accomplished by No Doubt's Tragic
Kingdom, which is at #10 this week, with total sales topping six million
The rest of the top ten was virtually unchanged. The Spice Girls'
debut, Spice, moved into second place on sales of 147,000, flip-flopping
with the Space Jam soundtrack, which was down a notch to third on sales
of 139,000 copies. The Wallflowers climbed three spots to #5 with their album
Bringing Down the Horse which has now passed the 1.5 million mark in
sales, while Aerosmith's latest, Nine Lives slipped three notches to #8.
U2's Pop held onto the #12 position for the second week.