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Da Chart Game Is Won

Snoop’s No Limit debut displaces Beasties from No. 1

Seems like old times. Snoop Doggy Dogg logs in with a new album
that debutsbig at No. 1, and there’s still enough summer left to
cruise with the windowsdown and the bass thumpin’. Except this time
around, Snoop’s no longer part ofthe southern California’s Death
Row gangsta gang (Dr. Dre, Tupac, etc.) thatdominated hip-hop and
much of commercial music in the early Nineties. Instead,with Death
Row’s founder Suge Knight currently serving time, Snoop’s moved
hissound down south to part of rap’s new juggernaut, Master P’s No
Limit. Eitherway, it’s the same cash register-ringing result.
Snoop’s Da Game Is to BeSold, Not to Be Told, sold 520,000 copies
for the week ending August 9,according to SoundScan, and knocked
the Beastie Boys out of the top slot aftertheir three-week run with
Hello Nasty.

The other top 20 debut belongs to North Carolina’s Squirrel Nut
Zippers. Itwas the grassroots success of their last record that
helped light the currentjumpin’ jive revival. The Zippers’
Perennial Favorites comes in at No. 18,selling 53,000 copies.

From the top, it was Snoop, followed by the soundtrack to
Armageddon (selling203,000 copies); Hello Nasty (197,000); the
soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle(110,000); the Barenaked Ladies’ Stunt
(106,000); the soundtrack to the Cityof Angels (104,000);
Backstreet Boys (91,000); JD’s Life In 1472 (89,000); ‘NSync
(88,000); and Brandy’s Never Say Never (87,000).

Elsewhere on the charts, the Wedding Singer flashback phenomenon
enters itssecond act. The soundtrack to the Adam Sandler/Drew
Barrymore movie, which wasoriginally released in `98, just went
over the one million sales mark thisweek and jumps back up the
chart from No. 151 to No. 71 in just two weekstime. That’s because
the movie just hit the streets on video, so a whole newaudience is,
um, celebrating the soundtrack’s Eighties nuggets (i.e
CultureClub’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and the Thompson
Twins’ “Hold MeNow”). But there’s more. Volume 2 of the Wedding
Singer (Kajagoogoo’s “TooShy,” Spandau Ballet’s “True”) is out and
already up to No. 42 in its thirdweek in stores. Could a John
Waite/Stray Cats-filled Volume 3 be farbehind?

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