Rapper Eminem rises to No. 2; Spears stays at No. 3

TLC’s “FanMail” was the nation’s bestselling album for the fourth consecutive week, according to sales data released Wednesday.

More than 190,000 copies of the LaFace/Arista Records disc went home with fans during the period ended March 21, a slide of 9,000 copies from the previous week.

At No. 2 was rapper Eminem whose Aftermath/Interscope disc “The Slim Shady LP” rose two slots on sales of more than 170,000 units.The rapper’s appearance on MTV’s spring break programming — in addition to frequent spins of the title track video — is boosting sales.

Steady Spears

Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” held steady at No. 3 for the second week with sales of more than 165,000. Sales of the Jive Records disc slid by just 6,000 copies.

The sales pace of Lauryn Hill’s Ruffhouse/Columbia Records disc “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” may have slowed from its Grammy high, but the disc logged nearly 135,000 copies and rose a rung to No. 5.

Hill’s upcoming appearances on several shows should help keep the album in the upper rungs.

Shania Twain, who nabbed a major sales boost on a previous chart thanks to her “Winter Break” CBS-TV spec on March 3, held steady at No. 6 for the second week with her Mercury Nashville disc “Come on Over.” The disc posted sales of more than 105,000 copies, a 13,000-unit falloff.

Cher slips

Cher’s Warner Bros. Records disc “Believe” slipped to No. 8 with a tally just 200 copies shy of Offspring’s “Americana.”

But her disc crossed the 1 million-unit mark in its 19th week of release and put its worldwide tally north of 5 million copies. The feat is more impressive considering it’s on the back of just the first single, the disc’s title track, which has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

The soundtrack to “Life,” the upcoming Eddie Murphy-Martin Lawrence starrer, bowed at No. 10 on sales of slightly over 80,000.

Sales of the Interscope Records disc are being fueled by the K-Ci and JoJo- warbled (and R. Kelly-penned and produced) title cut, which is gaining widening sales and airplay.

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday helped the Chieftains and the Corrs sell more albums.

The Chieftains’ RCA Victor disc “Tears of Stone” went home with nearly 30,000 fans; while the Corrs’ latest Atlantic disc “Talk on Corners” logged a first-week tally upward of 25,000 copies.

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