Dixie Chicks Hold On To #1 Spot

Country trio's Fly still #1, while Kid Rock, Juvenile, Lou Bega move up.

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

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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' ... Baby One More Time

(#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

their music.

"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,

at #9.

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 3–4]. 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.

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