While hip-hoppers and teen poppers did well in record stores last week,
the country trio the Dixie Chicks had the best week of all. Their Fly
will top the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second straight week
for the top-10 albums).
The Dixie Chicks' fifth album which includes "Sin Wagon (
excerpt) and which debuted a week ago on sales of 341,000
sold another 203,000 copies in the week ending Sunday, enough to hold off
the Backstreet Boys' Millennium at #2, according to figures released
Wednesday (Sept. 15) by SoundScan.
Rounding out the top 10 will be pop singer Christina Aguilera's self-titled
debut which includes "Genie in a Bottle" (RealAudio
excerpt) and which entered the chart two weeks ago at #1
dropped to #2 last week and now will slip to #3; veteran rock band Santana's
Supernatural (#4); rock-rapper Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause
(#5); pop singer Britney Spears' ...
(#6); thrash-rap band Limp Bizkit's Significant Other (#7); Puerto
Rican pop singer Ricky Martin's Ricky Martin (#8); New Orleans
rapper Juvenile's 400 Degreez (#9); and the hits compilation
Now That's What I Call Music 2 (#10).
The Dixie Chicks, whose single "Ready to Run" is also on the popular
"Runaway Bride" soundtrack (which will drop to #15 on the albums chart
this week), will become the first country act to spend more than one week
at #1 since Garth Brooks' Double Live almost a year ago.
The trio, who performed two songs with Sheryl Crow in a free concert
broadcast live from New York's Central Park on Tuesday night, have received
a lot of attention for their good looks, but Blake Chancey, who co-produced
Fly, said before the album's release that they care far more about
"I wanted people to get off on ... their ability to play, not how great
looking they are," Chancey said.
Kid Rock, who performed with Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and
Joe Perry at Thursday's 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards, will see his
Devil Without a Cause still in good form 13 months after
its release rise from #7 to #5, thanks to a sales jump of 15,000
copies last week.
In August, the 27-year-old rapper credited his rise to the work he and
his band, Twisted Brown Trucker, put into their live shows. He cited
Woodstock '99 as an example.
"You put 60 bands onstage over three days to millions of people, you
really get to see something that stands out," he said. "And I know I
stood out, without trying to sound too cocky."
Juvenile's double-platinum 400 Degreez, featuring the bouncy single
"Back That Thang Up" it's called "Back That Azz Up" on the album
is nearly a year old itself, but has been hovering in the top 40
for months. This week it will break into the top 10 for the first time,
Juvenile's single is at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and
Guerrilla Warfare, the second album by his group the Hot Boys,
will remain at #26 on this week's album chart.
Also climbing fast is Latino singer Lou Bega's A Little Bit of Mambo,
which will hit #12 this week after debuting two weeks ago at #42. The
dance-pop album features "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of Mambo)," which
recently reached #1 on the UK singles chart and is on the rise in the U.S.
The week's highest debut will come from metal band Coal Chamber. Their
second album, Chamber Music, featuring a hard-rock cover of Peter
Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey," will enter at #22. The group toured with
Ozzfest this year and is known for its industrial sound.
Zygote, the first solo album by Blues Traveler singer and harmonica
player John Popper, will just scrape the chart in its first week, at #185.
It sold 6,650 copies, according to SoundScan. His band's most recent
album, Straight on Till Morning (1997) is certified platinum, for
shipments of a million copies.
Popper's bandmate, bassist Bobby Sheehan, died at his New Orleans home
last month, and the nearly 400-pound Popper underwent an angioplasty
procedure to unclog his arteries in July. Around the time of his surgery,
Popper said the heart scare signaled a lifestyle change was needed.
"A song like 'Once You Wake Up,' is about that realization ... about
finally wanting to live," Popper said of the Zygote ballad. "I
was too fat to play Red Rocks [in Morrison, Colo., on July 34]. I
was so huge that it endangered my heart to be up onstage. It's good that
I'm getting healthy again. I will not be 400 pounds and not be able to
do what I want."
Rapper Jay-Z, who also appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards, will enjoy
a significant jump in sales, moving from #97 to #74 with Vol. 2 ...
Hard Knock Life. Jay-Z said last week he is working on the follow-up
to the quadruple-platinum album and hopes to release it in late December.