Second-week sales for the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium may
have plunged by forty-five percent, but when you sell more than a
million copies the first week out, looking over your shoulder is
not a big concern. Millennium remains the nation’s
best-selling album for the week ending May 30, according to
SoundScan. The record-breaking release, which moved more copies in
its debut week than any other album in the SoundScan era, sold
Former soap star Ricky Martin is still riding the wave of Latin
love, maintaining his seat at No. 2 and selling a superstar-status
400,000 copies last week. Meanwhile, BSB label-mate Britney Spears
further proved her mettle by maintaining her No. 3 position from
last week (that after twenty weeks on the chart).
And what’s up with the suddenly sizzling sounds of Detroit?
Hometown gruesome rappers Insane Clown Posse, who manage to even
out-gore local nemesis Eminem, debuted at an eye-popping No. 4 with
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. That’s easily the act’s
highest chart-showing to date. Meanwhile, cracking the Top Ten for
the first time was Detroit rock/rapper Kid Rock with his
hot-selling Devil Without a Cause.
Who else was making their accountants happy last week?
British-born, eye-patch-wearing rapper Slick Rick finally followed
up his ’95 release Behind Bars with The Art of
Storytelling, which came in at No. 8. The Phil Collins-heavy
soundtrack to Disney’s new animated movie Tarzan climbed
to No. 20 its second week in stores, and former New Kid on the
Block Jordan Knight’s self-titled debut landed at No. 29.
From the top it was Millennium, followed by Ricky
Martin; Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time
(154,000); The Amazing Jeckel Brothers (141,000); TLC’s
Fan Mail (124,000); Shania Twain’s Come On Over
(116,000); the soundtrack to Star Wars — Episode 1: The
Phantom Menace (106,000); The Art of Storytelling
(98,000); Devil Without a Cause (93,000); and Ruff Ryders’
Ryde or Die Vol. I (91,000).