Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll Enters Chart At #1

Silkk the Shocker drops to #3, Offspring hold at #4, Ani DiFranco dives to #63.

Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll is sitting pretty atop the albums chart this week,

capturing the spot held last week by fellow rapper and Master P cohort Silkk the

Shocker, according to sales tracker SoundScan.

The provocative 19-year-old rapper, whose album sold 172,689 copies to debut at #1 on

the Billboard 200 albums chart, has developed a reputation for her sexual

innuendo and imagery, including the cover of this album which features her in a purple

bikini.

However, it is the success of her previous album and her affiliation with other hip-hop

artists which has most likely catapulted Foxy Brown into public consciousness, according

to Sean Morin, manager of the Strawberries music store in the Kenmore Square section

of Boston.

"With this second record, she's got nothing to prove," Morin said, adding that he's heard

nothing but good things about Chyna Doll from his customers.

Morin said Foxy Brown set up the success of Chyna Doll with a solid debut, Ill

Na Na (1996), and her work with fellow rappers Nas, AZ and Nature in the hip-hop

supergroup, the Firm.

Also capturing record buyers' attention last week was professional wrestling. The World

Wrestling Federation suddenly has found itself in the position to crack the top 10 on the

pop charts with WWF: The Music, Vol. 3. The album, which features the ring

entrance music of the federation's wrestlers, fought its way to #17, having leaped 65

places in three weeks.

Last week's #1 album, New Orleans hip-hopper Silkk the Shocker's Made Man,

slipped to #3, with sales of 116,101 copies. That's about half the amount that Made

Man, which includes the Jay-Z collaboration

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(RealAudio excerpt), sold a week earlier.

"The promotion's still going on," said Silkk the Shocker, who also happens to be the

brother of No Limit label head Master P. "There's a lot of stuff that's gonna keep it going."

At #2 was another teenager, Britney Spears, whose ... Baby One More Time

entered the chart at #1 two weeks ago. The 17-year-old's debut album sold 149,299

copies last week.

Meanwhile, life was suspended in fours for punk veterans the Offspring -- their

Americana stood at #4 for a fourth straight week. Their weekly sales figures,

appropriately enough, fell by more than 4,000, from 113,563 to 109,062. The album's

second single, "Why Don't You Get a

Job?" (RealAudio excerpt), is getting radio play.

Elsewhere on the chart, goth-rockers Orgy's Candyass, which includes their cover

of New Order's "Blue Monday," and electronica act Fatboy Slim's You've Come a

Long Way Baby, featuring the new single "Praise You," both enjoyed big gains. Orgy

climbed from #86 to #70, with sales of 18,772 copies, while Fatboy Slim jumped from

#117 to #92, with sales of 13,290.

Independent folk-rocker Ani DiFranco, whose Up Up Up Up Up Up debuted at

#29 last week, took a nose dive to #63, with a sales drop from 50,985 to 21,135.

Rounding out the top 10, Lauryn Hill, buoyed by recent appearances on the covers of

Rolling Stone and Time, moved up a spot to #5 with The Miseducation

of Lauryn Hill. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, whose acoustic set Live at

Luther College debuted last week at #2, fell to #6.

The late Tupac Shakur's Greatest Hits was at #7; pop act 'N Sync's self-titled

debut placed #8; country trio the Dixie Chicks were in the #9 spot with Wide Open

Spaces; and rapper DMX's Flesh of My Flesh -- Blood of My Blood finished

the week at #10.

Another DMX album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, was at #23. The rapper, in 1998,

became the first hip-hop artist to have two albums debut at #1 in the same year.

After 17 weeks in the top 10, rapper Jay-Z's Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life slipped to

#11, selling 75,207 copies. At #12 for the second week in a row was Whitey Ford

Sings the Blues, the second solo album by one-time House of Pain member Everlast.

Master P's No Limit Records kept its strong presence in the top 200 with six albums,

topped by the 20-year-old Silkk. Master P was in the news for another reason this week:

his dream to play NBA basketball was dealt a blow when he was waived Monday by the

Charlotte Hornets, after having played two exhibition games.

Traditional rock was largely absent from a top 25 that continues to be dominated by hip-

hop, country and pop. The highest-charting rock artists after the Offspring and Matthews

and Reynolds were heavy metallers Limp Bizkit, at #22, and singer/songwriters Jewel

and Sarah McLachlan, at #19 and #25, respectively.

The Black Crowes' By Your Side sank to #73, down from #26 two weeks ago. And

shock-rockers Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals continued to toil in the latter

half of the chart, falling to #117 from #115.

Actress/singer Cher, who sang the national anthem at last weekend's Super Bowl, is

enjoying renewed visibility. Her Believe, buoyed by its hit title single, climbed 10

places to #21, selling 58,522 copies last week.