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Destiny's Child Stay on Top

Second week sales still strong for "Survivor," Wings flies high

May 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Destiny's Child's Survivor proved to be just that, selling 358,979 copies, according to SoundScan, to hang onto the top spot for the second week. Though Survivor took the expected fall from its first week tally of 660,000 copies sold, its second week sales were enough to push it past one million units scanned and to ward off the nearest competitor, Wings' Wingspan, the two-disc compilation which debuted with an impressive 220,507 copies sold, Paul McCartneys highest first week tally in the SoundScan era.

It was a healthier week for record sales across the board. In addition to Wingspan, the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, which includes the hit cover of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink, debuted in the Top Ten, debuting at Number Five with sales in excess of 100,000. Elsewhere, the Crowes roared back with Lions, which scanned just over 50,000 copies, while Sum 41's All Killer No Filler, the latest soundtrack to The Sopranos and Billy Gilman's Dare to Dream all debuted in the top fifty.

Aside from debuts, sales took a turn north. After the previous two weeks of sales, in which a total of three albums within the top fifty enjoyed a sales spike, fifteen recordings in this week's top fifty saw an increase. Whether or not those increases have to do with Mother's Day depends on the act: Dido's No Angel and the Beatles' 1, sure; the Dave Matthews Band's Everyday, maybe; and Ja Rule's Rule 3:36 and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, probably not. The Academy of Country Music Awards also had a positive pull, as Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance shot from Number Forty-three to Number Sixteen and Brooks and Dunn's Steers and Stripes enjoyed a sales increase.

Other milestones this week, include Dido's No Angel which pushed past the 3 million copies sold mark, and the Backstreet Boys' Black and Blue which exceeded the 5 million point.

Next week looks to be a nasty scrap for the top. Destiny's Child's numbers this week make them a serious contender for a third straight week at Number One, but new albums by Missy Elliott, R.E.M. and Tool look to inject some new tunes into the charts.

This week's Top Ten: Destiny's Child's Survivor (358,959 copies sold); Wings' Wingspan (220,507); Janet Jackson's All for You (215,742); Now That's What I Call Music! 6 (143,980); the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge (118,490); Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down (103,930); 2Pac's Until the End of Time (78,217); Shaggy's Hotshot (77,278); Stevie Nicks' Trouble in Shangri-La (76,913); and Uncle Krackers Double Wide (73,105).

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