Boys bounce back

Backstreet, Bizkit albums swap top spot

The two-month tug-of-war for honors as the bestselling album in the nation continued last week with the Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” returning to the top spot after a one-week absence, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The Jive Records disc went home with more than 233,000 fans during the period ended Sunday, a 10,000-unit uptick from the previous chart.

The ascension of “Millennium” displaced Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other,” which slid to No. 2 and checked in behind the top disc by less than 13,000 copies.

Industry action moved upward slightly over the previous listing, with more than 14.9 million units sold, compared with 14.6 million moved during the seven-day period ended Aug. 1.

Unit tallies for the year are running slightly ahead of 1998, with 450 million units sold through to consumers as of Aug. 8, compared with 447 million during the same time frame in 1998.

The ascension of “Millennium” can be tied to the frequent reruns of the Disney Channel spec highlighting the ensemble, while Limp Bizkit is still benefiting from its appearance at Woodstock ’99.

‘Ricky’ back in third

Ricky Martin’s self-titled English-language C2/Columbia Records bow edged up a notch to No. 3 — this disc has been bouncing up or down a slot each week — and outpaced by nearly 45,000 copies the No. 4 disc, the Columbia soundtrack to “Runaway Bride.”

Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” ended its two-week slide and rose two slots to No. 5.

The teen queen’s Jive Records offering went home with more than 137,000 devotees, a tally undoubtedly goosed by her tour and MTV’s reruns of the “Making Of” spec of her latest video for “(You Drive Me) Crazy.”

Slipping three slots to No. 6 was the latest installment in the “Now” series of compilation discs, this one featuring acts from the EMI, Universal and Zomba families.

The Virgin Records disc went home with more than 130,000 devotees, with sales helped through frequent TV spots for the disc on MTV and other cable outposts.

Sleek Bleek bow

The chart’s lone Top-10 bow, Memphis Bleek’s “Coming of Age,” posted a first-week tally north of 117,000 copies. The Def Jam disc entered at No. 7.

At No. 8 was Kid Rock’s Lava/Atlantic disc “Devil Without a Cause,” which was snapped up by more than 110,000 fans and outpaced the No. 9 disc, Smash Mouth’s sophomore Interscope Records work, “Astro Lounge,” by 7,000 copies.

Columbia’s hat trick in the Top 10 for the second week was secured by the four-slot slip to No. 10 of “The Writing’s on the Wall,” from Destiny’s Child.

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