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Fugees’ siren breaks SoundScan record with solo debut

Forget the calendar, school’s out for Lauryn Hill. One-third of the
rap supergroup the Fugees, Hill just set a sales record on her way
to No. 1 with her new solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn
. Perhaps the most anticipated hip-hop record of the year,
Miseducation sold 423,000 copies for the week ending
August 30th, according to SoundScan. No other solo female artist
has ever sold that many records in one week since SoundScan began
tabulating point-of-purchase sales in 1991. The previous record was
set by Madonna’s Ray of Light, which sold 370,000 copies
its first week in stores back in March. (Coincidentally, Hill, like
Madonna, made her record-breaking album after becoming a new

Miseducation is just the latest in a long line of hits
this year for the Fugees family. Along with Hill’s new No. 1, the
singer recently wrote and produced “A Rose is Still a Rose,” for
Aretha Franklin, which became the veteran soul singer’s biggest hit
of the decade. The Carnival, by Fugees partner Wyclef
Jean, has been certified platinum, while Pras’ “Ghetto Superstar,”
featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mya, was the summer smash single
from the platinum Bulworth soundtrack.

Elsewhere within the top ten, shock rocker Rob Zombie’s solo
release, Hellbilly Deluxe, comes in at No. 5, while
Back to Titanic, featuring music not found on last
winter’s blockbuster and arriving just as the movie hits video
stores shelves, debuts at No. 7. On the downside, last week’s No.
1, Korn’s Follow the Leader, plunges to No. 9, losing
nearly sixty percent of last week’s sales punch.

From the top, it was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,
followed by the Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty (selling 137,000
copies); the soundtrack to Armageddon (122,000); Barenaked
Ladies’ Stunt (122,000); Hellbilly Deluxe
(120,000); ‘N Sync (115,000); Back to Titanic
(114,000); Snoop Dogg’s Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be
(112,000); Follow the Leader (109,000); and the
soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle (90,000).


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