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"The way that Shaggy has turned around has been incredible. It’s currently our #1 title, and it's hard to remember the last album that re-ignited so spectacularly around a second single."
——Mike Fuller, Hastings
BEATLES ARE DOGGED BY SHAGGY
Reggae "Hotshot" Ready To Dethrone Fab Four
Returning the other day to this cesspool we call an office, our dimwitted staff was immediately struck by the massive sales for MCA's Shaggy.

Indeed, gandering at our mega, boffo, monster online Building Album Chart, we immediately determined that Shaggy would have the #1 album of the week.

Almost, but no Jamaican spleef this week, mon.

Sure enough, when those kooky little racks reported their numbers, it was those nutty newcomers from Liverpool sitting atop the album chart, which they'd dominated during the holiday buying season.

"The Beatles were obviously the biggest seller over the holidays, but possibly not the biggest story," said Hastings' Mike Fuller, who pointed to "Barry Lyndon" as proof that Stanley Kubrick was truly prophetic about the year 2001. (Insert guffaw from holier-than-thou film student who works at a Blockbuster Video here, please.)

"The way that Shaggy has turned around has been incredible. It's currently our #1 title, and it's hard to remember the last album that re-ignited so spectacularly around a second single."

What Mikey's gurgling about is the Shag-man's dominating "It Wasn't Me," which has positioned him for a long first-quarter run.

Other Top Five playas this week include #3 "NOW Vol. 5" (Columbia), #4 Limp Bizkit (Flip/Interscope) and #5 Creed (Wind-Up).

Rounding out the Top 10 for the first official week of 2001 are Arista/LaFace's OutKast, No Limit/Priority's Snoop Dogg, Arista's Dido (#8), Epic's Sade and Virgin's Lenny Kravitz (#10).

It's a new year, kids. Fasten your seat belts because here we go agaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin.

BLACKOUT TUESDAY: HOW THE MAJORS RESPONDED
(6/5a)
HARLESTON, HABTEMARIAM LAUNCH UMG TASK FORCE
(6/5a)
SONY MUSIC SETS UP $100M FUND
(6/5a)
10K OPENS FUND TO AID BLACK YOUTH
(6/5a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH: THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
(6/5a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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