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'Coyote Ugly' Looking Good Near the Top of the Charts

September 07, 2000|GEOFF BOUCHER

LeAnn Rimes is sitting pretty with "Coyote Ugly."

The soundtrack album from the film, which features four Rimes tunes, is at No. 10 this week on the nation's pop charts and logs its fourth week at No. 1 on the country chart. The 18-year-old singer also has two songs lodged among the Top 10 U.S. pop singles: at No. 5, "Can't Stop the Moonlight" from "Coyote," and at No. 9, "I Need You" from the soundtrack to the TV miniseries "Jesus."

The "Coyote" soundtrack collection, which has now sold 304,000 copies, also features tracks from Don Henley, the Charlie Daniels Band and others.

The No. 1 album on the pop charts remains Nelly's "Country Grammar," with sales last week of 201,000 copies. The St. Louis rapper's collection, defying the quick-fade sales arc of many hip-hop albums, has now been on the charts for 10 weeks, the past four at No. 1.

Britney Spears is steady at No. 2 and her sophomore album, "Oops! . . . I Did It Again," has sold 5.5 million copies in 16 weeks with the help of hits such as the title track and "Lucky."

The Top 5 is rounded out, respectively, by Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP," Creed's "Human Clay" and "Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 4," a compendium of recent hits led by pop stars such as the Backstreet Boys and Spears.

The top debut of the week lands at No. 6--DJ Clue's "Backstage Mixtape,", the follow-up to his acclaimed 1998 major-label debut "The Professional."

The title of the new disc is a reference to the New York native's roots: He became a cult favorite in the hip-hop subculture with a monthly series of "mix tapes" that became so popular he parlayed the spotlight into a radio show and a record contract. "Backstage Mixtape" sold 113,000 copies in its debut week.

Nelly isn't the only Midwest rap act making chart noise: Chicago trio Do or Die debuts this week at No. 13 with its third album, "Victory," which sold 58,000 copies. At No. 16, theatrical diva Sarah Brightman debuts with "La Luna," which features her ethereal takes on songs inspired by classical works and pop hits.

The second album from the spoof boy band 2gether, titled "Again," debuts at No. 26 and features songs such as "The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)," while BeBe Winans of the famed gospel family debuts at No. 37 with his third solo effort, "Love & Freedom."

On the singles chart, the top song in the country is "Music," Madonna's newest foray into electronic dance music. The song debuted two weeks ago at No. 94 and hit No. 3 last week before claiming the top spot.

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