Tupac Lives Again At No. 1
Rapper Tupac Shakur has been dead since 1996, but that hasn't stopped him from making a major impact on the Billboard charts. "Until The End Of Time," a double-disc collection of archival material onRapper Tupac Shakur has been dead since 1996, but that hasn't stopped him from making a major impact on the Billboard charts. "Until The End Of Time," a double-disc collection of archival material on Amaru/Death Row/Interscope, rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling more than 426,800 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Previous posthumous releases have performed well commercially; "Still I Rise," credited to 2Pac + the Outlawz, peaked at No. 6 in January 2000; while 1999's "Greatest Hits" topped out at No. 3. A second double-disc collection of previously unreleased material is due this summer.
"Until The End Of Time" flattens the competition in the top-10, outselling last week's No. 1, Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA), by more than 250,000 units and pushing it down to No. 2. Train's "Drops Of Jupiter" (Columbia) makes a strong entry at No. 6, while newcomer Indie.Arie lands at No. 10 with her Motown debut "Acoustic Soul."
Other notable debuts this week come from Buckcherry's "Time Bomb" (DreamWorks) at No. 64; Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals' two-disc concert set "Live From Mars" (Virgin) at No. 70; and R&B act Jesse Powell's "JP" (MCA) at No. 71.
The final round of Pearl Jam's authorized bootlegs on Epic fail to match the band's own record for seven simultaneous debuts, but the Nov. 6, 2000, tour closer in Seattle achieves the highest opening of any album in the series. The three-disc set debuts at No. 98, having sold more than 17,600 units. "Las Vegas 10/22/00," Pearl Jam's 10th anniversary performance, lands at No. 152.
The new chart will be posted tomorrow (April 5) on Billboard.com.