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
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
"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.