Teen-agers Foxy Brown and Britney Spears duked it out for the top of the pop chart this
week, while swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy proved the Denver Broncos weren't the
only winners in the Super Bowl.
Among the teen-agers, the younger one prevailed.
Nineteen-year-old rapper Brown's Chyna Doll, which debuted at #1 on the
Billboard 200 albums chart a week ago, slipped to #4 with sales of 107,921
copies, down from 172,689 a week earlier, according to sales tracker SoundScan. The
Seventeen-year-old pop singer Spears' ... Baby One More Time, which debuted
at #1 three weeks ago, re-took that position with sales of 181,594 copies. That's about
32,000 more copies than it sold a week earlier, and 60,000 more than it sold in the
album's debut week.
... Baby One More Time has sold more than 574,290 copies to date, according to
SoundScan. Rey Roldan, a publicist for Jive Records, said more than 2 million copies of
the album were shipped to stores, enough to quality it for double-platinum status.
Super Bowl performances, meanwhile, provided big boosts to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
and pop icon Cher.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's year-old, self-titled album, which includes
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The album sold 23,466 copies last week -- nearly three times what it sold a week before,
according to SoundScan. The band performed during the Super Bowl halftime show,
along with Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan, on Jan. 31 -- the beginning of the week
whose sales are tracked in the new chart.
"They did a lot of local promotion while they were down here, too," said Mark
Hasselbach, the manager of Spec's, a record store in Coral Gables, Fla., where sales of
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have doubled since the Jan. 31 game in nearby Miami.
Hasselbach said representatives of the band set up an in-store promotional display,
including a series of posters, that the store is still using.
Cher, who sang a pop-flavored national anthem before the game, enjoyed a jump from
#21 to #12 on the chart with Believe, which sold 76,457 copies. The title track is
one of the country's hottest singles.
The week's highest debut came from laid-back rappers CrazyNDaLayzDayz, whose
Tear Da Club Up Thugs finished at #18 with sales of 66,347.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince's EP 1999 -- The New Master, featuring new
versions of Prince's classic single "1999," debuted at #150, with only 7,999 copies sold.
Moving up to #2 from #5 a week ago was Fugees songstress Lauryn Hill's The
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which features
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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 nearly
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.
Nine of the top 20 -- and 17 of the top 50 -- were hip-hop albums.
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. It
features ring-entrance music written and produced by Jim Johnston.
Hole's Celebrity Skin neared platinum status, with sales of 20,758 copies,
bringing its total sales to 920,071 copies, according to SoundScan figures. The album
placed #66 on the chart.
Folkie entrepreneur Ani DiFranco's Up Up Up Up Up Up continued its tumble
down, down, down, down, down, down the chart, falling to #90 from #63. The album
debuted at #29 two weeks ago.
Rockers R.E.M. fared worse with their similarly titled Up. That album, released in
October, is now in a position to leave the Billboard 200. It dropped from #163 to
#194, with sales last week of 6,224 copies.
Dave Matthews -- leader of the eclectic Dave Matthews Band -- and longtime
accompanist Tim Reynolds dropped out of the top 10 after a strong first two weeks on the
chart. Their Live at Luther College, which received little promotional push, fell to
#16 from #6.
Techno-rock acts enjoyed big sales growth. Fatboy Slim's You've Come a Long Way,
Baby continued a swift climb up the chart, leaping 19 more spots to #73. Orgy's
Candyass moved up, too, from #70 to #63.