.

Britney Spears Returns to No.1; Blackstreet Crack the Top Ten

March 31, 1999 12:00 AM ET

You can't keep a good woman down.| Or in the case of Rolling Stone cover girl Britney Spears, you can't keep her off the top of the charts. Spears returns to the No. 1 spot on the nation's album chart for the third time in less than three months. In a business where hit records often debut strong and then steadily tumble down the chart, Spear's perseverance is remarkable. In eleven weeks, her debut has sold 1.6 million copies, making it the biggest seller of the year so far. And Spears, who will soon star in several Dawson's Creek episodes and may even land her own TV show, has done it all on the strength on one single: "...Baby One More Time."

Her album by the same name sold 168,000 copies for the week ending March 28, according to SoundScan, and finally ended TLC's four-week run at No. 1. TLC's Fanmail dropped to No. 4. The R&B male supergroup Blackstreet owned the week's only debut in the Top Ten. The act's long-awaited release, Finally, came in at No. 9, selling 80,000 copies.

More smooth R&B from the all-female group Silk also debuted strong. Silk's third album, Tonight, came in at No. 21. Right in front of them at No. 20 was 98 Degrees, Motown's hot R&B act. 98 Degrees and Rising finally cracked the Top 20 after nearly six months on the chart. (The act's ascent is welcome news at Motown, which has been suffering a hits drought in recent years.)

Meanwhile, the latest from booted Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Red Voodoo, bowed at a respectable No. 22. (Hagar's single "Mas Tequila" is currently No. 3 at rock radio.)

From the top, it was Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time, followed by Eminem's The Slim Shady LP (selling 162,000 copies); Fanmail (154,000); Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (109,000); Shania Twain's Come On Over (101,000); the Offspring's Americana (99,000); Cher's Believe (91,000); the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces (81,000); and Finally (80,000).

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com