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"The huge buzz in front of Sunshine Anderson paid off with a big sales debut."
——Ken Feldman, HMV

"NOW" IS STILL ON TIME

Sunshine Breaks Through, While Brooks & Dunn Lasso Top 5 Bow
Hey, we’ve all failed to self-regulate at one time or another—but it’s nothing a 12-step program can’t take care of.

As the overall market drops from the previous week, the Top Three stay the same. Epic’s "NOW Vol. 6," the kind of adult-oriented fare that shouldn’t be marketed to children, holds the #1 slot for the third straight week. It’s followed by two more children’s favorites—Amaru/Death Row/Interscope’s 2Pac and that lovable rascal from "Scooby Doo," MCA’s Shaggy, though apparently it wasn't him.

This week’s big debuts are from Arista Nashville’s Brooks & Dunn at #4 and Atlantic’s Sunshine Anderson at #6. Uncle Kracker fights his way into the Top 10 for the first time, hitting at # 7, meaning that Atlantic has two new acts in the Top 10, which has label chief Val Azzoli feeling even chipper than usual.

Said HMV’s Ken Feldman, taking a break from selling Slayer albums to four-year-olds: "The huge buzz in front of Sunshine Anderson paid off with a big sales debut. The word-of-mouth must have been profound, because the sales curve for the week was unusually steep."

Elsewhere on the chart, Columbia’s Train moves 15-11 behind a breaking single. Look for the band to camp out in that general area, despite the fact that the album doesn’t have a warning sticker. Interscope’s Eve climbs from 22-16, as the new duet with No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani starts reacting. Sadly, FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky’s album failed to chart this week.

Next week’s chart will have Virgin’s Janet Jackson at the top. The anatomy lessons on the cover are quite educational and suitable for the under-12 set.

Feldman added this bit of wisdom, just before placing a co-op ad for Too Short in Teen People: "We can’t wait for the Janet fans to pack our stores next week."

The following week, Destiny’s Child has a new Columbia release, which should shake things up even more—plus they have the word "Child" in their name.

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