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"Miseducation" Back on Top

September 30, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Let's hope Marilyn Manson took some snapshots and bought some souvenirs last week at the top of the charts, because his reign was a short one. After selling a solid 223,000 copies of Mechanical Animals for a first place showing on Sept. 23, the antichrist-turned-glam-albino has slipped to No. 5 on the charts with a second sales week total of 98,200 units, according to SoundScan. Passing him in the opposite direction on his slide down was Lauryn Hill, who moved up from No. 2 to reclaim her No. 1 spot from two weeks ago, having sold 168,000 copies of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Manson, apparently, was just keeping her throne warm.

There was a lot of moving and shuffling about throughout the rest of the Top 10 as well. Orlando's junior varsity Backstreet Boys type-outfit, 'N Sync, hopped from No. 5 to No. 2, while Kiss, Christian rappers DC Talk and Keith Sweat all made strong debuts (No. 3, 4 and 6, respectively). Shania Twain peeks her head back in at No. 10, while the Brian Setzer Orchestra's Dirty Boogie -- this year's wild-card, little-engine-that-could -- slips anti-climatically back to No. 14 after finally cracking the Top 10 last week after fourteen weeks on the chart. Enthusiasm for Hootie and the Blowfish's Musical Chairs, meanwhile, deflated significantly, with last week's No. 4 album down to No. 12. Save all your tears for Courtney Love and Hole, though -- their much ballyhooed Celebrity Skin has tumbled from No. 10 to a far-flung No. 22 just three weeks after its release. Smells like teen shrugging.

Other debuts this week include Flipmode Squad's Imperial Album (No. 15), the Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up the Girl (No. 17), Chris Isaak's Speak of the Devil (No. 41), Lyle Lovett's Step Inside This House (No. 55) and Jerry Seinfeld's I'm Tellin You for the Last Time (No. 59.) Also just cracking the Top 100 are the Chemical Brothers, whose Brothers Gonna Work it Out bows at No. 95.

SoundScan's sales tallies for the Top 10 are: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (168,000); N-Sync (113,000); Kiss' Psycho Circus (110,000); DC Talk's Supernatural (106,000); Mechanical Animals (98,000); Keith Sweat's Still in the Game (97,000); Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty (92,000); sound track to Rush Hour (90,000); Barenaked Ladies' Stunt (87,000); and Twain's Come On Over (85,000).

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