Celine Dion Leads Holiday Pop Attack

Sisqo, Q-Tip debut in top 30 with first solo albums.

It's all about pop this holiday shopping season.

Singer Celine Dion's 1990s retrospective All the Way: A Decade of Song

will spend a second week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart,

after selling another 327,647 copies the week ending Sunday, according

to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (Dec. 8).

Climbing back up to #2 and #3, respectively, will be the Backstreet Boys'

Millennium and Britney Spears' ... Baby One More

Time, the year's two best-selling albums (both are certified nine-times

platinum). Country-pop singer Shania Twain's 13-times platinum Come

On Over, released in 1997, will return to the top 10, at #10, after

a hiatus of several months.

Dru Hill singer Sisqo and ex–A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip,

meanwhile, will enter the chart with their first solo albums, while the

Guns N' Roses' Live Era 1987–1993, the hard-rock band's first

album in six years, will bow at #45.

In the top 10 are: All the Way: A Decade of Song (#1), Millennium

(#2), ... Baby One More Time (#3), Latin-rock band

Santana's Supernatural (#4), pop singer Christina Aguilera's

self-titled debut (#5), rapper/producer Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre 2001

(#6), country singer Garth Brooks' The Magic of Christmas (#7),

saxophone player Kenny G's Faith: A Holiday Album, (#8), rapper

Will Smith's Willennium (#9) and Come On Over (#10).

The Dion album, which now has sold more than 1 million copies in three

weeks, includes such hits as "Beauty and the Beast" and the "Titanic"

theme song "My Heart Will Go On" (RealAudio

excerpt).

Sisqo's Unleash the Dragon, which finds him carrying on the Dru

Hill tradition for romantic ballads and slow jams on such songs as "Got

to Get It" and "So Sexual," will enter the chart at #18.

Q-Tip, whose nasal voice and use of jazz samples made the now-defunct A

Tribe Called Quest one of hip-hop's most popular groups, will debut at

#28 with Amplified. He uses spare beats and scratchy keyboards on

songs such as "Vivrant Thing" (RealAudio

excerpt).

Amplified finds Q-Tip in a happier musical space than on Tribe's

often-cerebral records, according to Chris Lighty, who co-manages Q-Tip.

"When you go solo, you're dealing with one mind instead of three," Lighty

said Friday. "It's more of a feel-good situation. We're reinventing Q-Tip

for a new audience."

Guns N' Roses' Live Era 1987–1993 features "Welcome to the

Jungle" (RealAudio

excerpt of live version) and other hard-rock anthems from the

group's original incarnation. Singer Axl Rose, the band's only remaining

original member, recorded a new studio album, Chinese Democracy,

due next year, with a revamped lineup that includes guitarist Paul Huge

and ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson.

Also debuting this week will be the hip-hop compilation The Source

Presents Hip-Hop Hits Vol. 3, with hits by Ja Rule, Pharoahe Monch

and others, at #99 and Mr. Hankey's South Park Christmas, a comedy

album with songs by the characters from the animated series, at #160.

The "South Park" album is one of several Christmas albums enjoying big

sales. Seven holiday albums, including offerings from talk-show host Rosie

O'Donnell, singer/songwriter Jewel and 14-year-old opera singer Charlotte

Church, will be in this week's top 50.

Dr. Dre 2001 sold more than 207,000 copies last week and joins the

Dion album in having sold more than 1 million copies in three weeks.

Mel-Man, who co-produced 2001 with Dr. Dre, said last week that

Dre, who came to prominence with the gangsta-rap band N.W.A, kept some

of the racier bits from such rappers as Xzibit and Hittman off the album,

which follows up The Chronic (1992).

"There's a lot of stuff that was X-rated you'll probably never hear that

I was a strong supporter of," Mel-Man said. "Tons of profanity ... all

through every song. Dre would say, 'I've been down that road before.' So

we kept it to a minimum."

Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile, after weeks of decline, will make

a modest move upward on this week's chart, from #178 to #170, even though

it lost around 1,000 copies in sales from the previous week. Nine Inch

Nails' "Into the Void" (RealAudio

excerpt) is gaining steam on rock radio.