Quick, name the lead singer of Creed. The moody Florida rock band
(led by singer Scott Stapp) may fight an image of being a faceless
outfit, but more than 300,000 fans flocked to stores last week to
catapult the band’s sophomore release, Human Clay, to No.
1 on the nation’s album chart. The album sold 316,000 copies for
the week ending Oct. 3, according to SoundScan.
Meanwhile, country mega-star Garth Brooks, whose albums often flirt
with selling one million copies within one or two weeks of hitting
store shelves, crashed back to earth, this time disguised as pop
singer Chris Gaines. The singer’s unorthodox project, …In the
Life of Chris Gaines, in which Brooks adopts the persona of
the pop singer, sold just 262,000 copies. Brooks label, Capitol
Nashville, shipped a hefty three million copies to stores, and
while execs there knew the somewhat confusing premise of the Gaines
record would not sell as strongly as a typical Brooks release (the
record has been met with shrugs by both country and pop radio
programmers), they did expect to sell 400,000 copies last week. The
262,000 figure is particularly weak considering Brooks was featured
on a prime time NBC Chris Gaines special last week.
Right behind Brooks at No. 3 was the new album by rappers Method
Man and Redman, Blackout. The week’s other top ten debut
belonged to Latin star Marc Anthony, whose self-titled released
bowed at No. 8.
Further down, Sting’s latest, Brand New Day, came in at
a respectable No. 15, Queens rappers the Lost Boyz’s LB IV
Life, debuted at No. 32, Mac World’s War III arrived
at No. 44, and the soundtrack to Drive Me Crazy (with
tracks by Britney Spears and Barenaked Ladies) slipped in at No.
A few records suffered especially weak second week sales, including
the Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile (which plummeted from No.
1 to No. 16), Barbara Streisand’s Love Like Ours (No. 6 to
No. 17), Tori Amos’ To Venus and Back (No. 12 to No. 27)
and Chris Cornell’s Euphoria Morning (No. 18 to No.
From the top, it was Creed’s Human Clay (selling 316,000
copies), followed by Garth’s Brook’s …In the Life of Chris
Gaines (262,000); Method Man and Redman’s Blackout
(254,000); Santana’s Supernatural (159,000); the
Backstreet Boys’ Millennium (158,000); Christina
Aguilera’s Christina Aguilera (134,000); Britney Spears’
…Baby One More Time (132,000); Marc Anthony’s Marc
Anthony (124,000); the Dixie Chicks’ Fly (118,500),
Kid Rock’s Devil Without a Cause (118,000).