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.

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