Puff Daddy's magic chart touch is on display once again this week, in the form of a No. 1 album debut from his protege Mase. The rapper, who appeared with Puff Daddy and the late Notorious B.I.G. on the hit single "Mo Money Mo Problems," sold 273,000 copies of his debut album, Harlem World, the first week it was in stores, according to SoundScan. (Mase also has the No. 1 rap single in the country, "Feel So Good," first heard on the soundtrack to "Money Talks.")
The week's other big debut goes to the Dave Matthews Band's new live double album, Live at Red Rocks, which enters the chart at a surprisingly strong No. 3. The album's debut is startling because RCA, in agreement with the band, spent very little money marketing the record and didn't make a video or send a single to radio. The record -- the first in a planned series of live Dave Matthews Band albums -- is intended to provide fans with a high-quality concert recording.
Other strong debuts include Phish's Slip Stitch & Pass (which enters the chart at No. 17), Kiss' Carnival of Souls (No. 27), the Cure's "Galore" (No. 32) and "The Doors Box Set" (No. 65). One of the week's most dramatic gains goes to U.K. anarchists Chumbawamba, who ride the runaway success of their radio hit, "Tubthumping," to No. 8.
Following Mase's Harlem World were LeAnn Rimes' You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs (with 107,000 copies sold); Live at Red Rocks (103,000); Mariah Carey's Butterfly (87,000); The Firm's The Album (86,000); Fleetwood Mac's The Dance (84,000); Aqua's Aquarium (75,000); Chumbawamba's Tubthumper (74,000); the soundtrack to Soul Food (72,000), and Boyz II Men's Evolution (71,000).
Slipping from the Top Ten after just four weeks is Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope. Her last album, 1993's Janet, remained camped out in the Top Ten for months.
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