Of course, a No. 1 debut was out of the question for No Doubt's third album, because 422,000 girls, boys, women and men made sure 'N Sync stayed comfortably at No. 1. The boy band's five-week-old No Strings Attached is now at four million copies sold and counting.
Elsewhere on the chart, last week's No. 3, Yeeeah Baby from the late rapper Big Punisher, fell to No. 8, while 'N Sync's newly announced tourmate Sisqo remains at No. 4 with Unleash the Dragon. In at No. 5 was the week's only other Top 40 debut, Unrestricted by female MC Da Brat, whose negative publicity garnered from a pistol-whipping assault case doesn't seem to have hurt sales.
For the next chart debut, you have to look all the way down to No. 85, where the RZA-produced soundtrack to Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai landed, selling 17,000 copies in its first week. Other points of interest in the nether regions: No. 4 by the Stone Temple Pilots re-entered the charts at No. 154 (Scott Weiland's back in the saddle), Oasis fell from last week's almost optimistic No. 113 back down to No. 151 and critically revered underground rapper Del the Funky Homosapien debuted at No. 122 with his fourth album, Both Sides of the Brain.
From the top, it was 'N Sync's No Strings Attached (422,000 copies sold); No Doubt's Return of Saturn (202,000); Santana's Supernatural (170,000); Sisqo's Unleash the Dragon (150,000); Da Brat's Unrestricted (143,000); Romeo Must Die soundtrack (115,000); Destiny's Child's Writing's on the Wall (106,000); Big Pun's Yeeeah Baby (100,000); Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre 2001 (98,000) and Macy Gray's On How Life Is (95,000).
(April 20, 2000)