The first week at No. 1, Durst fell off the stage in Orlando, injuring his leg and forcing a concert cancellation. During his second week at the top, he was arrested for kicking a security guard in St. Paul, Minnesota--apparently the leg healed just fine--and spent Monday night in jail on assault charges. (He was sprung on $50,000 bail and has yet to be charged.)
Yet it would take quite a calamity to bring down Durst this week. He finds himself the focus of burgeoning new genre, with rap-rock spreads in Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times touting the sound that baked Bizkit a platinum platter in just two weeks. In case you're not down with the beats, the rap-rock hybrid more-or-less started with the Beastie Boys, and features newcomers like Bizkit, Kid Rock and Everlast.
Durst's happy curse may be lifted next week; Bizkit's sales of 264,000 units just barely beat the Backstreet Boys, who sold 260,000 copies of Millennium and figure to move back into No. 1 next week. The Boys' album is five-times platinum in just eight weeks and is still selling over a quarter million units a week.
Ricky Martin stayed in the No. 3 spot with 218,000 units, for the week ended July 11. With his first English-language record already past the 3 million mark, Martin is selling out arena shows in 15 to 20 minutes and scoring national magazine covers. So far, at least, he hasn't been overcome by overexposure.
Teen queen Britney Spears bucked past soundtracks related to two male icons, Jim West and Tarzan, rising from No. 6 to No. 4 on sales of 145,000, according to industry sources. Wild Wild West soundtrack went south to No. 5 with a herd of 141,000, while Tarzan swung in a No. 6.
Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball spun the No. 7 slot, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me shagged the No. 8 position and the Red Hot Chili Peppers fired back into the Top 10 with Californication. Country pop act Shania Twain's Come on Over remained at No. 10.
The highest debut was from Fiend, whose Street Life hit the pavement at No. 15. The American Pie soundtrack--whose name has less to do with Don McLean's famous song than an unusual cream-filled dessert in the movie--finally cooked up some interest, climbing from its dismal No. 164 bow to No. 75. Coincidentally, McLean's "American Pie" tune is used in a Star Wars parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic, whose new Running With Scissors disc jumped from No. 35 to No. 16.