In a field crowded with controversial rappers, teen pop sensations, and Grammy-ordained artists, TLC topped them all.
When SoundScan sales figures were announced on Wednesday, the female R&B stars sat atop a competitive album heap as their "Fanmail" sold more than 318,000 copies to take the top spot. The debut means that while Eminem has been able to generate big buzz (and controversy) with his debut album "Slim Shady," he hasn't yet been able to conjure up a spot at number one. The rapper moved more than 283,000 copies of his first effort to land firmly in the number two spot.
Of course, all this also means bad news for longtime chart topper Britney Spears, who sees her "Baby One More Time" slip down to number five after four weeks at number one. Last week's Grammy Awards brought the usual post-Grammy sales bump for winners and performers as five-time winner Lauryn Hill saw sales of her "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" almost double last week from 122,000 to 234,000 landing her at number three. Shania Twain, Madonna, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Brian Setzer and Ricky Martin also got a big fat sales shot in the arm after their Grammy appearances, but perhaps the biggest winner was Andrea Bocelli, who saw three of his album post big jumps in the top 200.
The week also brought good news for the Roots, who debut at number four with "Things Fall Apart." The rap outfit sold more than 192,000 copies of the album in its first week out to land ahead of Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Cher, and the Offspring.
A bit further down, Blondie scored an impressive debut at number 18 with its "No Exit" reunion album. The week also sees notable debut from Yukmouth at number 40, Jimi Hendrix at 65, the Chieftains at 73, Tevin Campbell at 88, Boney James at 91, the Supertones at 95, Paul Westerberg at 104, XTC at 106, Built To Spill at 120, Prince Paul at 138, Sleater-Kinney at 181, and Sebadoh at 197.
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