Backstreet Boys Ship Most In '99

Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks, Brandy, Chris Isaak, Herb Alpert, Smashing Pumpkins...

The second album from pop sensations the Backstreet Boys, Millennium,

has shipped more than 5 million copies, making it the most successful album for the first

half of 1999, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which awards

its gold and platinum record honors based on album shipments. Ricky Martin's

self-titled album and Britney Spears' ... Baby One More

Time have each shipped more than 4 million copies, helping to make it a banner

year for teen pop. Meanwhile, the Dixie Chicks' 1998 disc Wide Open

Spaces has shipped a total of 6 million units, making it the most successful album by

a duo or group in country-music history, according to the RIAA.