This week marked the return of the boom bap for hip-hop master
KRS-One, and the Top 10 debut of the Foo Fighters' second album, The Colour
And The Shape.
KRS-One's latest Jive Records offering I Got
Next racked up sales of 95,000 according to SoundScan, landing it at #3 on
Billboard's album chart during its first week of release.
I Got Next
is KRS' third disc to be billed as a solo joint, and his ninth album overall
since his early days with Boogie Down Productions. The rapper, also known as
Kris Parker, has experienced a critical resurgence since he dropped the BDP
crew for 1993's Return Of The Boom Bap. His self-titled 1995 disc
maintained the harder solo approach and focus on the ideals of hip-hop culture,
as does I Got Next.
Joining the Teacher with a high hip-hop debut
was the soundtrack to I'm Bout It, which hit #4 with sales of 92,000.
The No Limit Records release features tracks by Master P, E-40 and B-Legit,
Wu-Tang Clan, and many others. The disc accompanies a dramatic video of the
same name, based loosely on the life of its star and No Limit CEO, Master
The only two albums to outsell KRS-One were the Spice Girls'
Spice, which held steady for its third week in the #1 slot with sales of
136,000, and Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses, which stayed at #2 on
sales of nearly 100,000. Carlisle was the talk of tune town last week when his
disc shot up a whopping 93 positions on the strength of its title
The Foo Fighters made a respectable opening at #10 with their
second release, The Colour And The Shape (71,000), and James Taylor may
have actually surprised a few folks with his #9 debut with Hour Glass
But the King of Pop himself showed up only at #24 with Blood
On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix. The combination remix/new singles
package sold 35,000 copies. Toad The Wet Sprocket's Coil meanwhile
landed at #19 (42,000) in its debut week of release. Both were beat out by
Sammy Hagar (!), whose Marching To Mars hit #18 (43,000).
Moon Swamp, John Fogerty's fourth solo album and first outing in 11 years,
debuted at #38 (28,000).
Completing this week's top 10 were Notorious
B.I.G. (#5, down two positions), Hanson (#6 again, thanks to their still hot
sugar hit "MMMBop"), George Strait (down two to #7), and Mary J. Blige
(dropping four to #8).