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Dixie Chicks Still Flying

Chicks hold on to No. 1; MTV stars benefit from awards-night exposure

September 15, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Even though the Dixie Chicks didn't star on the MTV Video Music Awards last Thursday night, they still managed to sell the most records for the week ending Sept. 12. The trio's two-week-old album, Fly, sold 203,000 copies to earn them another week at No. 1 on the charts, according to SoundScan.

The rest of the chart action, however, was fueled by MTV's awards, which were a ratings record-breaker for the channel. Cashing in on the national, primetime exposure were the Backsteet Boys, who moved from No. 3 to No. 2, Kid Rock (No. 7-No. 5), Ricky Martin (No. 9-No. 8), Eminem (No. 60-No. 40), Korn (No. 70-No. 59), Lauryn Hill (No. 84-67), Jay-Z (No. 97-74), and Fatboy Slim (No. 110-93).

Meanwhile, sister station VH1's recent Behind the Music on the Goo Goo Dolls helped boost the band's latest. Its one-year-old release, Dizzy Up the Girl, suddenly jumped from No. 37 to No. 24.

The week's highest debut belonged to hard rockers Coal Chamber. Veterans of the Ozzfest and sworn enemies of the Insane Clown Posse, Coal Chamber's latest, Chamber Music, came in strong at No. 22. The band has been in a public pissing match with Detroit's ICP over an aborted summer tour that ended after just two dates. Coal Chamber members claim they're still owed more than $200,000 from ICP after being thrown off the bill. (Says band manager Sharon Osbourne, "We got f---ed by two fat clowns from Detroit.") The dispute is now inching its way towards the court.

From the top, it was Dixie Chicks' Fly, followed by the Backstreet Boys' Millennium (selling 182,000); Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera (173,000); Santana's Supernatural (139,000); Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause (135,000); Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time (127,000); Limp Bizkit's Significant Other (120,000); Ricky Martin's Ricky Martin (103,000); Juvenile's 400 Degreez (84,000); and Now That's What I Call Music: Vol. 2 (80,000).

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