As expected, Tool’s third Volcano studio album, “Lateralus,” debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, leading a charge of five top-10 debuts on the chart, while Janet Jackson’s seven-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 is ended by the all-star cover of Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade.”
“Lateralus,” Tool’s first chart-topping album, sold more than 555,200 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, a massive increase over 1996’s “Aenima,” which sold 148,000 units in its first week. Tool’s current single, “Schism,” is No. 2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 8 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart this week.
The “Lateralus” numbers easily outdistance the album chart’s new No. 2 entry, Missy Elliott’s “Miss E … So Addictive” (The Gold Mind/Elektra), which moved more than 251,300 copies. That’s more than enough to propel the album to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while the set’s first single “Get Ur Freak On,” moves up one slot to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Weezer’s self-titled Interscope/Geffen set, the rock outfit’s first since 1996’s “Pinkerton,” crashes in at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, earning the group its highest-ever chart showing to date. The album’s first-week total of more than 215,000 copies sold obliterated the 47,000 copies sold of “Pinkerton” in its first week, and the 4,000 first-week copies sold of Weezer’s 1994 self-titled debut. The album’s first single, “Hash Pipe,” remains at No. 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart for a third straight week.
A few days after bowing at No. 1 in the U.K., R.E.M.’s “Reveal” (Warner Bros.) debuts at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, three positions lower than its 1998 predecessor, “Up.” Depeche Mode’s Reprise set “Exciter” lands at No. 8, three slots lower than 1997’s “Ultra.” Also debuting this week is veteran metal act Megadeth’s “The World Needs A Hero” (Sanctuary) at No. 16, R&B newcomer Olivia’s self-titled J Records set at No. 55, and new wave favorites the Go-Go’s’ “God Bless the Go-Go’s” (Beyond) at No. 57
With all the new debuts, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child drops to No. 3 after two weeks at No. 1. Paul McCartney’s “Wingspan: Hits and History” (Capitol) falls 2-9 in its second week, while Janet Jackson’s “All for You” (Virgin) descends 3-5. The week’s fastest-growing album at retail is the Columbia soundtrack to “A Knight’s Tale,” which powers 100-42 in its second week.
Jackson’s “All for You,” the longest-running single atop the Hot 100 this year, falls back to No. 2 to make way for the Elliott-produced “Lady Marmalade,” featuring Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink. The single, a cut from the Interscope soundtrack to “Moulin Rouge,” rises to the top slot after only eight weeks on the chart. Conversely, the soundtrack album falls 5-10 in its second week on The Billboard 200.
R. Kelly shows he can still fly, as his “Fiesta” featuring Jay-Z shoots 16-7 to become the week’s fastest-growing track at retail. The single also skips two positions to land at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It fuels a slight surge for R. Kelly’s album, “TP-2.Com” (Jive/Zomba), which moves 21-15 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
R. Kelly can be held slightly responsible for slowing the manic charge of Lil’ Romeo, as the latter’s “My Baby” is ousted from the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart after rushing to No. 1 in six weeks. “My Baby” just misses the top-10 of the Hot 100, soaring 19-11, nestling a slot behind City High’s “What Would You Do?” In pure rap markets, however, City High isn’t able to top “My Baby,” as that track begins a third straight week atop Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles tally. Lil’ Romeo’s debut Priority album is due in early July, and he is expected to tour with his dad, Master P.
Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be” rockets 46-25 in its second week on the Hot 100, becoming this week’s fastest-growing track at radio. Hill’s strength comes heavily from crossover markets, as the No. 25 post bests the single’s position on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, where it moves 37-28. Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” enters a sixth straight week atop the country’s singles chart, while Tim McGraw’s “Set This Circus Down” enters a fourth straight week atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. With the slew of high debuts on the Billboard 200, McGraw’s Curb album drops 6-11 on that chart.
This week’s top debut on the Hot 100 comes courtesy of ‘N Sync, as the boy band’s “Pop” smacks its way into the top-30 at No. 29. Other notable debuts on the Hot 100 include Erick Sermon’s “Music” featuring Marvin Gaye at No. 60; Jagged Edge’s “Where the Party At” featuring Nelly at No. 64; Sugar Ray’s “When it’s Over” at No. 76; Aaliyah’s “We Need a Resolution” featuring Timbaland at No. 78; and Toya’s “I Do!!” at No. 82.