The release again proves that rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs has the musical Midas touch: Virtually everything his Bad Boy Records has released has entered the charts at No. 1, from Notorious B.I.G. albums to his own No Way Out and now buddy Mase (who guest rapped on Puffy and B.I.G.'s albums).
The Puffy-produced Mase blew away LeAnn Rimes. But the country wunderkind still clocked in at No. 2 as You Light Up My Life lit up strong sales of 107,000.
Dave Matthews decision to thwart bootleggers has proved to be good for his bankbook. His band's new concert album, Live at Red Rocks, debuted at No. 3--his best chart showing ever--with sales of 103,000.
Mariah Carey's Butterfly, is still flitting around the top of the charts after seven weeks with sales of 87,000. Nipping at the diva's heels was the Dr. Dre-produced The Firm: The Album, which dropped from a No. 1 debut last week to No. 5 as sales fell from 147,000 to 86,000.
Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac charted at No. 6 for the week, as The Dance skipped its way to 84,000 in sales. Meanwhile, Aqua's Aquarium is moving along swimmingly with steady sales of 75,000, good enough for seventh place.
A toungue-twister came in at No. 8--Chumbawumba's Tubthumping at 74,000, vaulting into the Top 10 for the first time after six weeks on the charts for the veteran British anarchists. The album has been buoyed by the radio-friendly title cut, which remains in Billboard's Top 10 singles chart.
Rounding out the Top 10 album chart was the Soul Food soundtrack, which fed 72,000 new fans at No. 9, followed by Boyz II Men, whose Evolution devolved to 71,000 in sales.
And Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope dropped from No. 5 right out of the Top 10 to No. 11 in just its fourth week--well below her chart-topping standards. To celebrate the freefall, she fired her manager and publicist.