The Mac is back and they are blowing everyone away. Not surprisingly, the new Fleetwood Mac album, The Dance, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The information came directly from Reprise Records, the band's label, which said the album sold just over 199,000 units since its release last week.
Reprise president Howie Klein said the company's expectations for the album have been high from the beginning, but that they are shocked by how well The Dance is doing. "Its performance has exceeded even our most optimistic projections," Klein said. "What makes its leap to the top of the charts even more remarkable is the fact that due to the UPS strike, many stores were unable to stock the album immediately," he added.
But don't expect this album to do as well as Fleetwood Mac's biggest seller, Rumours, which has sold more than 25 million copies to date and held strong at No. 1 for 31 weeks when it debuted in 1977. When Oasis' Be Here Now charts next week, it is a shoe-in to dethrone the Mac and grab the top spot.
Puff Daddy and the Family had held the top position for the past two weeks, but slipped to No. 2 after selling only 166,500 copies of No Way Out.
The other new debut in the Top 10 is Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Vol. III, which sold 90,000 units and came in at No. 9. As far as the rest of the Top 10, there were no really big changes, with the exception of Matchbox 20, who moved up one position to No. 5.