While teen-age pop artists Foxy Brown and Britney Spears duked it out for the top slot again this week, Super Bowl performers proved to be the other big winners on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart.
Slipping to #4 this week was 19-year-old rapper Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll which debuted at #1 a week ago. Meanwhile, the 17-year-old pop singer Britney Spears reclaimed the top spot with her ... Baby One More Time, which hit the charts at #1 three weeks ago.
Super Bowl performances helped propel albums by swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and pop icon Cher up the chart, according to album sales tracker SoundScan.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's year-old, self-titled album, which includes "You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)" (RealAudio excerpt), rocketed up from #133 to #58.
The album sold 23,466 copies last week -- three times what it sold a week before, according to SoundScan. The band performed during the Super Bowl halftime show Jan. 31. That date falls at the beginning of the week whose sales are tracked in the new chart.
Cher, who sang the national anthem before the game, enjoyed a jump from #21 to #12 on the chart with Believe,, which sold 76,457 copies last week.
The week's highest debut came from rappers CrazyNDaLayzDayz, whose Tear Da Club Up Thugs finished at #18 with sales of 66,347.
Spears' album stood at the top of the chart, with reported sales at 181,594 last week, a significant increase from the prior week. The album sold about 120,567 copies in the week it debuted at #1. In contrast, Foxy Brown's album, which includes "JOB" (RealAudio excerpt), sold 107,921 copies, down from 172,689 a week earlier.
Moving up to #2 from #5 a week ago was Fugees songstress Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which features "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (RealAudio excerpt). Hill, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine's "Hip-Hop Nation" issue last week, saw sales of her album increase by 14,000 units to 112,273.
Punk veterans the Offspring, who had spent four weeks at #4, rose to #3 with Americana. The album sold 109,217 copies.
Singer/rapper Everlast, formerly of the House of Pain, finally entered the top 10 after hovering in the teens for several weeks. His Whitey Ford Sings The Blues reached #10 after selling 78,984 copies last week.
Last summer, Everlast described the album, which came out Sept. 8, as "some
straight-up hip-hop and a combination of styles that I wanted to mess with. ... I just let the songs kind of do whatever they did."
Rounding out the top 10 were pop quintet 'N Sync's self-titled debut at #5; country trio the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces at #6; and rappers Silkk the Shocker's Made Man, Tupac Shakur's Greatest Hits and DMX's Flesh of My Flesh -- Blood of My Blood at #7, #8 and #9.
Professional wrestling continued to inch its way toward the top 10. The World Wrestling Federation's WWF: The Music, Volume 3 climbed from #17 to #15, with sales of 71,305. The album, which has been out five weeks, has sold nearly 250,000 copies.
Folkie entrepreneur Ani DiFranco's Up Up Up Up Up Up continued its slide down, down, down, down, down, down the chart, falling to #90 from #63. The album debuted at #29 two weeks ago.