WWF Challenges Britney Spears

Wrestling Album Debuts in Top Ten

February 25, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Let's get ready to rummmmmble!

Red-hot professional wrestling dominates cable TV ratings, cashes in on home video sales and sells out arenas across the country, so why shouldn't it crash the music charts? That's what the World Wrestling Federation, home to the Rock, the Undertaker, and, of course, Stone Cold Steve Austin, has done with its latest release, WWF The Music: Volume 3. The album, which consists of heavy metal anthems for its stars, jumped from No. 18 to No. 10 for the week ending Feb. 21, according to SoundScan. No doubt boosting sales was the recent WWF pay-per-view match during which the album was heavily promoted.

Still, to grab the championship belt the WWF must get past teen star Britney Spears, whose debut album, ... Baby One More Time, remains the nation's No. 1 album, where it's stood its ground for four of the six weeks it's been in stores.

Overall, record store action was sleepy last week, with only one new record debuting in the top 150 (Mr. Serv-On's Da Next Level), but that should change soon. After a slow month, some new big-name releases are finally hitting stores shelves, led by R&B divas TLC (Fan Mail) and hip-hop's the Roots (Things Fall Apart). Both are bound to enter next week's chart with strong numbers. And new rock albums by critical darlings Sleater-Kinney (Hot Rock) and former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg (Suicaine Gratifaction) should draw consumers into stores. Not to mention that this week's Grammy telecast is bound to boost sales for the annual winners.

From the top, it was Spears' ... Baby One More Time (selling 198,000 copies), followed by Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (122,000); the Offspring's Americana (115,000); the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces (97,000); 'N Sync (94,000); 2Pac's Greatest Hits (87,000); Cher's Believe (86,000); DMX's Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood (83,000); Everlast's Whitey Ford Sings the Blues (81,000); and WWF: The Music Vol. 3.

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

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
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.


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

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »