The big news this week is the first week debut of the
Chemical Brothers' sophomore CD, Dig Your Own Hole, at #14 on the
Billboard album chart (with sales of over 48,000 copies), a promising
sign that American audiences might actually care about the electronica
revolution being shoved down their throats by the music industry.
album, the follow-up to their universally salivated-over debut, Exit Planet
Dust, features the Noel Gallagher-voiced hit single, "Setting Sun," as well
as the old-school quoting current single, "Block Rockin' Beats," alongside the
Chemicals' (Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons) patented brand of hard electronic break
beats and ambient mixes. [An interview with the Chemical Brothers can be found
in the "Features" section of the current issue of Addicted To
Murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G. held onto the top spot on the
Billboard charts for the third week in a row. B.I.G.'s posthumous
double-album, Life After Death, sold over 197,000 copies in the week
ending April 13, bringing the four-week total (several thousand copies were
sold before the official street date) to 1.2 million.
The rest of top ten
(Spice Girls, Space Jam, Celine Dion, Wallflowers, Jewel, Selena,
Erykah Badu, LeAnn Rimes, Blackstreet) held fairly stagnant.