Chemical Brothers Debut At #14

Cover art from the new Chemical Brothers album, Dig Your Own Hole.

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.

The new

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

Noise.]

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.