Quantcast
"[NSYNC] came out like gangbusters and, with the tickets for the concerts just going on sale, it should be at the tops for most, if not all, of the year."
—George Meyer
of Nobody Beats
The Wiz
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED
Big Pun Comes In At #2, But NSYNC
Still Has The World On A "String"
The kids are still all right. Jive's NSYNC sold a half-million more units of "No Strings Attached" this week, down from last week's 800k, but still enough to beat out their nearest rival, the debuting Big Pun, whose Loud/Columbia/CRG album, "Yeeeah Baby," came in second, with 175k sold.

"NSYNC continues to be a very strong seller," said George Meyer of Nobody Beats the Wiz, who was busy outfitting Elian Gonzalez with a sandwich board to walk in front of his store. "It came out like gangbusters and, with the tickets for the concerts just going on sale, it should be at the top for most, if not all, of the year." Meyer then downloaded MP3 versions of the album outtakes and proceeded to sell them on his store's Web site.

Meanwhile, the posthumous "Yeeeah Baby" was the big debut of the week at #2, with eager buyers fattening the sales count. "Big Pun was our #1 seller last week by a huge margin," said Meyer. "Actually, our anticipation was a little bit higher, particularly in the Bronx and our upper Manhattan stores. But I'm always up for a good Pun."

Staying huge are the eternal Santana (Arista) at #3, "Thong Song"-riding Sisqo (Dragon/Def Soul/IDJ) at #4 and the "Romeo Must Die" soundtrack (Blackground/Virgin), which is still riding high on Aaliyah's "Try Again," at #5. "‘Romeo Must Die' continues to impress us," Meyer said. "Much better than anticipated; it bodes well for the Aaliyah release later this year. And I just downloaded the entire movie from Gnutella."

Two other debuts, Rah Digga (Flip Mode/Elek/EEG) and Pink (LaFace/Arista), made strong bows at 19 and 21, respectively. "The new Rah Digga, over the long run, should be a strong seller for us. And Pink has really great sunglasses," Meyer said. "And with the demise of MAP, we're selling both for a nickel apiece with the purchase of a microwave oven."

Is it time for us to go into the shoe business?

Next week, retailers will be salivating over chart debuts from No Doubt and Da Brat.

A TICKING HITS LIST
Surely you have the time to take a look. (8/7a)
THE GREAT CATALOG GOLD RUSH
Is mining the past the future? (8/7a)
TIKTOK RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S BAN
The kids are not alright with Trump. (8/7a)
POP SMOKE GAINS, DABABY LEADS OUR SONG CHART
And the streams just keep on coming. (8/7a)
THE BABE & THE MULE
Interscope's co-MVPs (8/7a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)