Spears still tacked to lead in sales charts
Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” was the bestselling album in the nation for the second consecutive week, according to sales data released Wednesday. The disc has spent six of it 11 weeks on sale in the top spot.Nearly 272,000 copies of the Jive Records disc were snapped up by fans, representing a 105,000-copy lift from the previous week. The disc crossed the impressive 2.1 million units mark in just its 11th week of release. Spring break, typically a big album buying period, helped boost overall industry sales action with more than two-thirds of the Top 100 albums posting increases over the previous week. At No. 2 was “FanMail” the latest from LaFace/Arista Records trio TLC and which went home with nearly 198,000 fans, though it represented a slide of 47,000 copies during the period ended April 4. At No. 3 was rapper Eminem whose Aftermath/Interscope disc “The Slim Shady LP” slid a slot on sales of nearly 170,000 units. With the tally, the disc topped 1.1 million copies sold in its fifth week. Andrea Bocelli’s “Sogno” was one of two debuts to bow in the Top 10. The London Records disc, the latest from the Italo tenor, was helped by PBS programming promoting the singer and the album. Nearly 150,000 copies were sold in its first six days on sale. Offspring’s “Americana” rose a slot to No. 5 on sales of nearly 137,000 copies. The Columbia Records disc posted a 41,000-copy sales boost over the previous week and is closing in on 3 million units in its 19th week of release. Shania Twain’s Mercury Records disc “Come on Over” continues to show plenty of life despite 18 months on the album sales chart. The disc logged a 32,000-copy ascension and went home with more than 133,000 fans. Epic Records’ multi-artist set “Family Values,” the other Top 10 newcomer, bowed at No. 7 on sales 121,000 copies. By doing so, it held at bay Lauryn Hill’s Ruffhouse/Columbia Records disc “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Hill’s disc slid four slots to No. 8 on sales action of just over 120,000 copies, though it posted a 12,000-unit boost over the previous week’s take. The eponymous bow from RCA Records ensemble NSync rose three slots to No. 9 and logged sales of more than 112,000 copies, a near-doubling of its previous week tally. The Dixie Chicks continue to hold onto a Top 10 berth, though their “Wide Open Spaces” slid two slots to No. 10. The Monument/Columbia Records disc logged sales action of nearly 112,000 copies, which was a 30,000-unit uptick from the previous chart.