The Indigo Girls shook up a stagnant top ten this week by
debuting at #7 with their latest album, Shaming the Sun, which sold over
79,000 copies according to Soundscan. The album, which features guest spots
from Steve Earle, Lisa Germano, Andy Stochansky (Ani DiFranco's drummer), the
Atlanta band Smoke and hip-hop producer Dallas Austin, bested the debut of the
Girls' last effort, 1994's Grammy-nominated Swamp Ophelia, which debuted
at #9 its first week.
At the top of the charts, country star George Strait
switched places with soul diva Mary J. Blige, taking over the #1 spot on sales
of 179,000 with his album Carrying Your Love With Me, just one week
after Blige debuted at #1. Blige's album Share My World, sold 153,000
copies, allowing Strait to earn his first #1 in his 16-year career.
Notorious B.I.G. held firm at #4 with his posthumous double album Life After
Death, which surpassed the 1.6 million mark in sales. Silver screen-bound
booty-shakers the Spice Girls' debut Spice held firm at #3. The rest of
the top ten featured the usual suspects: Space Jam (#5), The Wallflowers
(#6), Jewel (8), LeAnn Rimes (#9) and Erykah Badu (#10). Best news of the week?
Celine Dion's former #1, Falling Into You finally fell out of the top
10, but not before racking up sales of over 8 million. U2's Pop held
steady at #15 with to-date sales of 950,000, while the very hot Squirrel Nut
Zippers rose another five places to #30. Legendary power poppers Cheap Trick
had a so-so debut at #99 with their new self-titled album on Red Ant Records,
which sold 12,000 copies.