The Backstreet Boys' Millennium won't be #1 on the Billboard 200 albums
chart through the end of the millennium after all.
Limp Bizkit have made sure of that with their second album, Significant
Other, which more than doubled the sales of Millennium last
week and debuted at #1 this week, according to figures released
Wednesday (June 30) by sales tracker SoundScan.
The thrash-rap band's album sold 634,874 copies in the week ending Sunday
less than the 700,000-750,000 predicted by Interscope Records,
but well ahead of Millennium and Ricky Martin's Ricky Martin,
which had been #1 and #2 for five straight weeks. Those albums drop to
#2 and #3, respectively, this week.
Also debuting in the top 10 will be R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo's It's Real
at #8 and rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's Da Real World at
#10. K-Ci & JoJo's "Tell Me It's Real" is at #31 on the Billboard
Hot 100, while Elliott's "She's a Bitch" is gaining airplay on urban
The Chemical Brothers' Surrender and Country Music Hall of Famer
George Jones' Cold Hard Truth will debut strong as well, at #32
and #53, respectively. The soundtrack to "South Park: Bigger, Longer and
Uncut" will enter the chart at #83.
Limp Bizkit's album, which includes the modern-rock hit "Nookie" (
excerpt), will be the first rock album to top the chart since
Canadian singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette's Supposed Former
Infatuation Junkie spent two weeks at #1 in November.
Aaron Axelsen, program director for KITS-FM in San Francisco, said Limp
Bizkit were the beneficiary of ideal timing.
"They're a band with a message and a purpose," Axelsen said. "They struck
a nerve with listeners. They're rebelling against the mainstream. They're
rebelling against synth-pop."
Limp Bizkit singer/rapper Fred Durst, 29, seemed flabbergasted earlier
this year by the rise of the group, whose past singles have included
"Counterfeit" and a cover of George Michael's "Faith" (RealAudio
"I really like going places and people know who you are and you get
special treatment and stuff," Durst said. "It seems like all the hard
work and the pain and tears is kind of paying off a little bit. But
there's still a lot of work ahead. Every day is different and there's
a million bands jumping in this world every day, and things change so
quick you gotta keep going with it."
The Jacksonville, Fla., band's 1997 debut, Three Dollar Bill Y'all$,
has never risen higher than #22 on the albums chart, but it's remained
on the chart for 16 months; this week it moves up seven places to #60.
It has sold 1.6 million copies.
After Limp Bizkit, the Backstreet Boys and Martin, the new Billboard
top 10 will be littered with soundtracks: Wild Wild West: Music
Inspired by the Motion Picture, with songs by movie star Will Smith,
Slick Rick and other rappers, at #4 for a second week; the Phil Collins-laced
soundtrack to the Walt Disney movie "Tarzan," which will move up from
#10 to #5; and the "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" album,
featuring music by Madonna, Lenny Kravitz and R.E.M., dropping from #5
Rounding out the top 10 will be singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan's live
Mirrorball at #6 and teen-pop singer Britney Spears'
One More Time at #7.
Other debuts include disco singer Donna Summer's Live and More:
Encore! at #43; The RZA Hits, a compilation of Wu-Tang Clan
and Clan-related tracks produced by RZA, at #61; and veteran rockers the
Pretenders' Viva el Amor at #158.