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Competition Closes in on "Significant Other"

Weird Al cuts into the Top Twenty; Limp Bizkit's days at No. 1 may be numbered

July 14, 1999 12:00 AM ET

As Limp Bizkit's Significant Other continues to fall back to earth on the sales chart, the rock 'n rap band may be riding its last week at No. 1. That's because the Backstreet Boys' mighty Millennium is holding firm at No. 2, trailing Bizkit by just 3,800 copies sold last week. And with a new primetime Disney Channel special coming up, look for Millennium to get a sales spike that could leap-frog Significant Other. Also lurking is Ricky Martin, which, in nine weeks, has not dropped below No. 3 on the charts.

For now though, top honors still belong to Limp Bizkit, which sold 264,000 copies for the week ending July 11, according to SoundScan.

Last week was largely a status quo one, with just a single new entry into the Top 50. It belonged to rapper Fiend's Street Life. Not that other albums weren't making moves. Thanks to his new Star Wars spoof single, "The Saga Begins," which borrows music from Don McLean's "American Pie," Weird Al Yankovic's Running With Scissors jumped from No. 35 to No. 16. The other American Pie, the soundtrack for the hit teen sex movie (which does not include McLean's anthem), climbed from No. 164 to No. 76.

Elsewhere, boy group 98 Degrees, riding the success of its latest single, "I Do," rebounded from No. 40 to No. 25.

From the top, it was Limp Bizkit's Significant Other, followed by Millennium (selling 260,000); Ricky Martin (218,000); Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time (145,000); the Wild Wild West soundtrack (141,000); the Tarzan soundtrack (119,000); Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball (104,000); the Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack (101,000); the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication (100,000); and Shania Twain's Come On Over (99,000).

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