In what looks like the revenge of the old guys, the “Sleepless in Seattle” soundtrack, featuring such pre-rock notables as Jimmy Durante and Louis Armstrong, broke young rappers Cypress Hill’s two-week hold on the top of SoundScan’s album sales chart, according to figures released Wednesday.
The tabulation shows sales for Epic Records’ adult-oriented musical companion to Nora Ephron’s hit film at 149,455, some 27,000 more than for “Black Sunday,” L.A.-based Cypress Hill’s second album for Columbia.
It gives parent Sony Music a 1-2 sweep for the week.
“Sleepless” soundtrack has been hovering below No. 1 for the past couple of weeks, and its move into the peak position shows it out-performing such powerhouses as U2 (with their “Zooropa”) and Janet Jackson (“janet.”).
The highest new entry comes from young rap duo Kris Kross, whose new album, “Da Bomb,” also on Columbia, bows at No. 13, moving more than 61,000 units. Other notable debuts come from R&B singer Oleta Adams, whose Fontana release, “Evolution,” enters at 67, and a Hollywood Records-issued 2-CD hits box from the Dave Clark Five, in at 127.
This is the CD debut by the Five, who at one time were on the cutting edge of the British Invasion.
Most impressive sales move of the week comes from new Capitol act Blind Melon , which vaults to No. 10 on the list with its self-titled debut. On the chart only five weeks, the rock band saw nearly 70,000 albums leave SoundScan-reporting stores, benefiting from heavy MTV play of its “No Rain” vid clip. Blind Melon reportedly has been a top priority of new Capitol president Gary Gersh since assuming his job at the beginning of July.
Not all old-timers have fared well. The new Giant Records project from hard-rock veterans Deep Purple checks in at a lowly 192.
Also, high-profile albums from Paul Westerberg, at 194, and Billy Idol, at 193, fast approach a premature exit from the chart, both disappointments for their employers, Sire and Chrysalis, respectively.