.

Pearl Jam Ignore Radio Boundaries

Pearl Jam Ignore Radio Boundaries

June 30, 1999 12:00 AM ET

There's nothing limp about the chart numbers racked up by hard rockheroes Limp Bizkit. The Florida-bred band's latest, Significant Other,sold an amazing 635,000 copies for the week ending June 27, accordingto SoundScan. That's the third-best debut of the year, behind theblockbuster numbers posted by the Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin. Notbad for a hip-hop-loving guitar band whose previous claim to commercialfame was the cover of a George Michael song. The band's first release,Three Dollar Bill, Y'all, peaked at No. 22.

Clearly, Limp Bizkit's success squashes the recurring notion that rockis dead. Indeed, last week, Bizkit, along with Kid Rock and the Red HotChili Peppers, all sold more than 100,000 copies, while Smash Mouth andBlink 182 both posted healthy Top 20 numbers.

Two other newcomers arrived in Top Ten style. R&B crooners K-Ci &JoJo's It's Real debuted at No. 8, while rap queen Missy Elliott's DaReal World came in at No. 10. Elliott's album sold 131,000 copies, arespectable if unspectacular amount. No doubt execs at her label, Elektra,figured that for this time of year that kind of tally would've earned hera top-five spot. During normal times, yes. But not when the latest fromLimp Bizkit, BSB and Martin sell a combined 1.1 million records in oneweek.

Elsewhere, the Chemical Brothers' Surrender bowed at No. 32, whileWhitney Houston's appearance last week on the Oprah Winfrey Show helpedstop the sales skid of My Love Is Your Love. The record rebounded from No. 87 to No. 63. And despite critical acclaim, the latest from the Pretenders,Viva El Amor, only managed a No. 158 debut. Doing considerably better were Donna Summer's VH1 Presents -- Live & More Encore! (No. 43), George Jones' Cold Hard Truth (No. 53) and RZA's Hits (No. 61).

And, hold the phone, Shania Twain's eleven-times platinum Come On Overactually fell out of the Top Ten last week. That's just the third timein six months that's happened. For all of 1999 so far, the album, originallyreleased in 1997, has dropped no lower than No. 14. Ka-ching.

From the top, it was Limp Bizkit's Significant Other, followed by theBackstreet Boys' Millennium (selling 274,000); Ricky Martin (227,000); the soundtrack to Wild Wild West (180,000); the soundtrack to Tarzan (175,000); Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball (146,000); Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time (141,000); K-Ci & JoJo's It's Real (140,000): the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (138,000); and Missy Elliott's Da Real World.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com