With their sizzling Spice album reaching the top of
Billboard's Top 200 chart this week, Britain's fab five Spice Girls
became the first U.K. act in recent memory to land a debut LP in the #1
The saucy singers, whose Cannes-premiered movie hits U.S.
screens at Christmas, have now ridden their album to #1 in 30 countries. With
sales of 138,000, Spice edged out both country star George Strait's
Carrying Your Love With Me (at #2 with sales of 117,000) and soul diva
Mary J. Blige's Share My World (at #3 with 114,000), which have battled
for the top position in recent weeks.
Brother trios from both ends of the
age spectrum claimed high debut entry honors this week. Propelled by their
newly crowned #1 single "MMMBop," Tulsa, Oklahoma's Hanson landed at #9 on the
album charts with Middle Of Nowhere. That album--the major-label debut
for brothers Isaac (age 16), Taylor (14), and Zachary Hanson (11)--sold 72,000
copies. "MMMBop," complete with scratching courtesy of the ultra-hip Dust
Brothers, knocked Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" from the top of the singles
hill. The Bee Gees, brothers who themselves know a thing or two about sugary
pop, hit #11 with Still Waters, which racked up sales of
Rounding out the top ten this week were familiar faces: Notorious
B.I.G (#4), the Space Jam soundtrack (#5), Celine Dion (#6), the
Wallflowers (#7), Jewel (#8), and Erykah Badu (#10).
The Indigo Girls'
Shaming The Sun, which debuted last week at #7, dropped to #13 with
sales of 55,000.