It may have seemed, after she reclaimed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums
chart last week, that there was nowhere to go but down for Britney Spears.
But she has managed to go up even from there, with an explosion in sales of ... Baby
One More Time that has given the 17-year-old's debut album an even firmer hold on
the top of the chart this week while putting the album over the 2 million mark in total
In the week ending Sunday, 272,820 copies of ... Baby One More Time
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were sold, an increase of more than 100,000 copies from the week before,
according to sales tracker SoundScan. The #2 album, soul-pop group TLC's
Fan Mail, sold 197,482 copies.
TLC's album is enjoying strong sales amid speculation -- and a published report in
Vibe -- that the trio are about to break up. Their producer, Dallas Austin, refuted
those claims last week and said, "They're such different people ... [but] they perform
together like they're one person. It's amazing."
Two albums at nearly opposite ends of the music spectrum debuted in the top 10 this
Family Values: The Biggest Show of Stars for '98, a live album chronicling
performances by Korn, Limp Bizkit, Orgy, Ice Cube and others from last year's Family
Values tour, debuted at #7. The album includes live versions of Korn's "Freak on a
Leash," Orgy's New Order cover, "Blue Monday," and Limp Bizkit's George Michael
Debuting at #4, meanwhile, was Sogno, by Andrea Bocelli, the Italian opera
singer who performed with Celine Dion at both the Grammy Awards and the Oscars.
And the soundtrack to "The Matrix" -- the country's #1 movie last weekend -- entered the
chart at #18. The album includes Marilyn Manson's "Rock Is Dead" along with tracks by
Rob Zombie, Rage Against the Machine, Prodigy and Ministry.
Punk rockers the Offspring -- bounced from the top five last month due to strong debuts by
TLC, rapper Eminem and hip-hop group the Roots -- moved back up to #5 with
Americana. The second single,
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Rounding out the top five is Eminem, whose Slim Shady LP slipped from #2 to #3
Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill seems to
be losing momentum after a long run at or near the top of the chart. Falling out of the top
5 for the first time since early this year, Miseducation slid to #8 from #4.
Also in the top 10 were country singer Shania Twain's Come On Over (#6), pop
group 'N Sync's self-titled debut (#9) and country trio the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open
Korn's August 1998 album, Follow the Leader, continued inching toward the top
10, skipping from #17 to #15. British girl group B'witched jumped six spots to #12 with
B*Witched, and rock band Sugar Ray leaped 10 spots to #17 with 14:59,
which boasts the top-5 single "Every Morning"
Surging faster than all of them, though, was pop group Five, whose self-titled debut has
zoomed 100 spots to #27 in two weeks.
Approaching oblivion: Sammy Hagar's Red Voodoo dropped 30 spots to #52 in
its second week in stores. Rapper Cool Breeze's Eat Points Greatest Hits
plummeted from #38 to #91, and British rock band Blur's 13 fell to #120 after
debuting last week at #80.