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Limp Bizkit Rise to the Top

by Eric Boehlert
June 30, 1999

A Significant Chart Debut for Hard Core Rockers Limp Bizkit

There's nothing limp about the chart numbers racked up by hard rock heroes Limp Bizkit. The Florida-bred band's latest, Significant Other, sold an amazing 635,000 copies for the week ending June 27, according to SoundScan. That's the third-best debut of the year, behind the blockbuster numbers posted by the Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin. Not bad for a hip-hop-loving guitar band whose previous claim to commercial fame was the cover of a George Michael song. The band's first release, Three Dollar Bill, Y'all, peaked at No. 22. Clearly, Limp Bizkit's success squashes the recurring notion that rock is dead. Indeed, last week, Bizkit, along with Kid Rock and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all sold more than 100,000 copies, while Smash Mouth and Blink 182 both posted healthy Top 20 numbers.

From the top, it was Limp Bizkit's Significant Other, followed by the Backstreet Boys' Millennium (selling 274,000); Ricky Martin (227,000); the soundtrack to Wild Wild West (180,000); the soundtrack to Tarzan (175,000); Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball (146,000); Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time (141,000); K-Ci & JoJo's It's Real (140,000): the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (138,000); and Missy Elliott's Da Real World.

Source : Rollingstone.com