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The Tool Page: An Article


Date: May, 2001

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 title: Tool Rule Next Week's Charts
author: Joe D'Angelo

"Out with the old, in with the new" seems an apt springtime 
description for next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, which will 
find Tool's Lateralus fronting a field of five debuts in the top 10.

Lateralus easily bested the first-week sales figures of #2 Missy 
Elliott's Miss E ... So Addictive, selling 555,000 compared with 
Elliott's 251,000, according to SoundScan. The #1 album will mark 
Tool's highest debut and biggest-selling week ever; their second 
album, Aenima, debuted at #2 in 1996.

Weezer's eponymous third album, unofficially called The Green Album 
to differentiate it from their 1994 self-titled debut, trails last 
week's chart-topper, Survivor by Destiny's Child, by less than 7,000 
copies to come in at #4 with opening-week sales of more than 215,000.

Though half of this week's top 10 consists of debuts, a couple of the 
artists possess years of experience. Albums by two-decade veterans 
R.E.M. and Depeche Mode will premiere at #6 and #8, respectively, 
with the Athens, Georgia, group moving more than 126,000 copies of 
its 12th studio album, Reveal, and the British synth rockers selling 
114,000 copies of Exciter, the follow-up to 1997's Ultra.

Other veteran artists who will appear in the uppermost bracket 
include Janet Jackson, whose All for You will drop two places to #5 
with more than 149,000 albums sold, and Paul McCartney, whose 
greatest hits collection Wingspan will lose seven spots to land at #9 
with more than 107,000 in sales. 

The U.S. wasn't the only country this week in dire need of a Tool 
fix. With five years between albums, Lateralus will also top the 
charts in Australia and Canada, and will land in the top 10 in New 
Zealand (#2), Norway (#2), Germany (#5), Holland (#7), Sweden (#8) 
and Austria (#9).

Megadeth's The World Needs a Hero will make a solid debut at #16 with 
more than 61,000 albums sold.

Rounding out the top 10 are the various-artists compilation Now 
That's What I Call Music — Vol. 6 at #7 (119,000) and the "Moulin 
Rouge" soundtrack at #10 on the strength of the four-diva remake 
of "Lady Marmalade."

Some of last week's top 10 residents will drop a tier to accommodate 
the new arrivals. Tim McGraw's Set This Circus Down will slide five 
places to #11 (with more than 65,000 copies sold); Uncle Kracker's 
Double Wide will move down to #12 (64,000); Tupac's posthumous Until 
the End of Time will follow closely behind, slipping five spots to 
#13 (64,000); and Shaggy's Hotshot will vacate the top 10 for the 
first time since entering the precious grouping in December, falling 
seven slots to #15. 

If this week is any indication, there could be trouble indeed for 
Stevie Nicks. The former Fleetwood Mac singer's sixth solo album, 
Trouble in Shangri-La, will fall the farthest of any top 20 album, 
dropping 11 places and 20,000 copies to land at #20 (53,000).

Other notable chart debuts will come from R&B singer Olivia's self-
titled first album at #55 (23,000) and the Go-Go's' reunion record, 
God Bless the Go-Go's, at #57 (22,000).

—Joe D'Angelo

Posted to t.d.n: 05/23/01 19:04:50