Indigo Girls Debut In The Top 10

Still holding down the #3 spot.

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.

The

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.