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Backstreet Boys Back On Top

Limp Bizkit slips to No. 2 on charts, Too Short debuts at No. 5

They couldn’t be more different, but hard rockers Limp Bizkit and
squeaky-clean pop singers Backstreet Boys remain locked in an odd
two-step atop the nation’s album sales charts. For four straight
weeks, they’ve been No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Last week
though, the Backstreet Boys jumped in the lead. The Boys’
Millennium sold 271,000 copies for the week ending July
18, according to SoundScan. Limp Bizkit’s Significant
Other
dropped to No. 2 selling 238,000 copies.

The week’s lone Top Ten debut belongs to Atlanta-via-Oakland rapper
Too Short. His Can’t Stay Away bowed at No. 5. Also
debuting with decent sales numbers was the soundtrack to The
Wood
. Featuring Blackstreet, DMX and the Roots, it came in at
No. 16.

At a time when major labels worry about new superstar albums
falling down the charts too quickly, two recent releases are
showing signs of real staying power. Sarah McLachlan’s live album
Mirrorball came in at No. 7, her fifth straight week in
the Top 10. No doubt it’s been driven by the success of her single
“I Will Remember You,” as well as the fact that the
singer/songwriter is out headlining her Lilith Fair summer
festival. Nonetheless, the achievement is remarkable considering
how poorly live albums have done in recent years. In fact, the
recently released live Lilth albums, Vol. 2 and
3, only managed to chart on the Billboard 200 for two
weeks each.

Meanwhile, Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
came in at No. 8, logging its fourth Top 10 week out of six tries.
After debuting impressively at No. 3 and then dropping to No. 12 in
just two weeks, it looked as though the Peppers’ return run was
going to be a short one. But with a No. 1 hit (“Scar Tissue”) at
both mainstream and modern rock radio, the album has found its
legs.

From the top, it was the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium,
followed by Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other; Ricky
Martin
(selling 197,000 copies); Britney Spears’ Baby One
More Time…
(145,000); Too Short’s Can’t Stay Away
(144,000); the soundtrack to Wild Wild West (110,000);
Sarah McLachlan’s Mirrorball (103,000); the Red Hot Chili
Peppers’ Californication (99,000); the soundtrack to
Tarzan (98,000); and Smash Mouth’s Astro Lounge
(95,000).

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