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"Two mind-bogglingly huge weeks are ahead of us. I feel like it's November."
—Bob Bell, Wherehouse Records

RECORD INDUSTRY'S MAY FLOWERS

Britney Spears, Eminem, Whitney Houston, matchbox twenty and Phish Have Albums Out
For the record industry, it's like Christmas in May.

Britney Spears, Eminem, Whitney Houston, matchbox twenty, Phish, DJ Quik, Don Henley and Gloria Estefan are just a few of the superstars with releases on tap this month.

"Two mind-bogglingly huge weeks are ahead of us," said the mind-bogglingly huge Bob Bell of Wherehouse Records. "I feel like it's November. Which reminds me, I have to do my holiday shopping."

The movie business isn't the only one with some blockbusters up its sleeve.

Here's a complete list for the two release dates, with number of total units sold (U.S. O.T.C.) and first-week sales for the artist's last album:

May 16

Britney Spears, "Oops... I Did It Again" (Jive) (9m, 120k)

Whitney Houston, "Greatest Hits" (Arista) (2.5m, 125k)

DJ Quik, "Balance & Options" (Profile/Arista) (450k, 40k)

Pearl Jam, "Binaural" (Epic) (1.5m, 360k)

Phish, "Farmhouse" (Elektra) (290k, 75k)

The Temptations, "Ear Resistible" (Motown) (900k, 25k)

5ive, "Invincible" (Arista) (N/A)

BBMAK, "Sooner Or Later" (Hollywood) (N/A)

ninedays, "The Madding Crowd" (550 Music) (N/A)

May 23

Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP" (Aftermath/Interscope) (3.2m, 280k)

matchbox 20, "Mad Season by matchbox twenty" (Lava/Atlantic/Atl. G.) (7m, 610)

A Perfect Circle, "Mer de Noms" (Virgin) (N/A)

Don Henley, "Inside Job" (WB) (850k, 22k)

En Vogue, "Masterpiece Theater" (EastWest/Elektra) (570k, 53k)

Gloria Estefan, "Alma Caribena" (Epic) (550k, 65k)

"Family Values Tour '99" (Interscope) (720k, 120k)

"Road Trip" original soundtrack (DreamWorks) (N/A)

"Lucy Pearl" (Pookie/Beyond) (N/A)

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