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The Future Is Bleek

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THE CHARTS

THE FUTURE IS BLEEK

Everybody loveS a good Coming of Age story — or at least 118,000 rap fans did as Memphis Bleek claimed the week’s best debut slot at No. 7. Bleek first appeared on Jay-Z’s debut album in 1996, guest-starring on a song called ”Coming of Age,” a title he must’ve thought was a lucky charm. The Runaway Bride soundtrack is also looking like a runaway success, up eight spots to No. 4. The bridesmaid position in the top 10 reverted to Limp Bizkit, whose 221,000 units couldn’t match the 233,000 sold to the Backstreet Boys’ mostly underage fans.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 2 BACKSTREET BOYS Millennium, Jive 12 2 1 LIMP BIZKIT Significant Other, Flip/Interscope 7 3 4 RICKY MARTIN Ricky Martin, C2/Columbia 13 4 12 SOUNDTRACKSOUNDTRACK Runaway Bride, Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax 2 5 7 BRITNEY SPEARS …Baby One More Time, Jive 30 6 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS Now That’s What I Call Music! 2, Virgin 2 7 — MEMPHIS BLEEK Coming of Age, Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 1 8 9 KID ROCK Devil Without a Cause, Lava/Atlantic 32 9 8 SMASH MOUTH Astro Lounge, Interscope 9 10 6 DESTINY’S CHILD The Writing’s on the Wall, Columbia 2

R&B ALBUMS

1 — MEMPHIS BLEEK Coming of Age, Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 1 2 1 HOT BOYS Guerrilla Warfare, Cash Money/Universal 2 3 2 DESTINY’S CHILD The Writing’s on the Wall, Columbia 2 4 3 JUVENILE 400 Degreez, Cash Money/Universal 40 5 5 GINUWINE 100% Ginuwine, 550 Music 21 6 4 TOO $HORT Can’t Stay Away, Jive 5 7 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 1, Ruff Ryders/Interscope 16 8 8 LIL’ TROY Sittin’ Fat Down South, Short Stop/Republic/Universal 20 9 9 K-CI & JOJO It’s Real, MCA 7 10 11 MISSY ”MISDEMEANOR” ELLIOTT Da Real World, The Gold Mind/East West 7

CONCERTS

# OF SHOWS TICKET SALES

1 1 BOB DYLAN/PAUL SIMON New York $1,347,123 2 1 PHISH Noblesville, Ind. $1,101,155 3 2 PHISH Atlanta $1,057,431 4 5 BARRY MANILOW Rosemont, Ill. $978,721 5 1 ‘N SYNC Hershey, Pa. $922,373 6 1 TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Tinley Park, Ill. $874,025 7 1 WHITNEY HOUSTON Universal City, Calif. $873,140 8 1 OZZFEST 99 Dallas $789,540 9 1 Dave Matthews Band Chula Vista, Calif. $701,021 10 1 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Dallas $634,435

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