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Competition Closes in on “Significant Other”

Weird Al cuts into the Top Twenty; Limp Bizkit’s days at No. 1 may be numbered

As Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other continues to fall back
to earth on the sales chart, the rock ‘n rap band may be riding its
last week at No. 1. That’s because the Backstreet Boys’ mighty
Millennium is holding firm at No. 2, trailing Bizkit by
just 3,800 copies sold last week. And with a new primetime Disney
Channel special coming up, look for Millennium to get a
sales spike that could leap-frog Significant Other. Also
lurking is Ricky Martin, which, in nine weeks, has not
dropped below No. 3 on the charts.

For now though, top honors still belong to Limp Bizkit, which sold
264,000 copies for the week ending July 11, according to
SoundScan.

Last week was largely a status quo one, with just a single new
entry into the Top 50. It belonged to rapper Fiend’s Street
Life
. Not that other albums weren’t making moves. Thanks to
his new Star Wars spoof single, “The Saga Begins,” which
borrows music from Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Weird Al Yankovic’s
Running With Scissors jumped from No. 35 to No. 16. The
other American Pie, the soundtrack for the hit teen sex
movie (which does not include McLean’s anthem), climbed from No.
164 to No. 76.

Elsewhere, boy group 98 Degrees, riding the success of its latest
single, “I Do,” rebounded from No. 40 to No. 25.

From the top, it was Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other,
followed by Millennium (selling 260,000); Ricky
Martin
(218,000); Britney Spears’ …Baby One More
Time
(145,000); the Wild Wild West soundtrack
(141,000); the Tarzan soundtrack (119,000); Sarah
McLachlan’s Mirrorball (104,000); the Austin Powers:
the Spy Who Shagged Me
soundtrack (101,000); the Red Hot Chili
Peppers’ Californication (100,000); and Shania Twain’s
Come On Over (99,000).

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