Janet Jackson's new "All for You" album claimed No. 1 on this week's national pop chartby selling 605,000 copies last week, the second-highest first-week total this year.
Though short of the 733,000 first-week figure set by the Dave Matthews Band's "Everyday" in March, Jackson almost tripled the first-week total of 223,000 registered by this week's runner-up, Tim McGraw's "Set This Circus Down."
Jackson's total was aided by the massive radio play that has been afforded the title cut, and by an extensive promotion campaign by Virgin Records and the singer.
But Destiny's Child has been equally active on the promotion trail--the R&B-pop; trio is on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone--and its music is also a radio favorite.
Retailers predicted Wednesday that Destiny's Child will enter the charts at No. 1 next week, but most suggested it is unlikely that the album, "Survivor," will match the 605,000 total of Jackson.
Wherehouse chain urban buyer Violet Brown said the first-day figure Tuesday for the Destiny's Child album was "neck-and-neck" with last week's Jackson total at the chain's stores, but Tower Records' Southwest territory director Bob Feterl said the first-day sales at Tower for Jackson were "a lot larger" than for Destiny's Child.
The remaining positions on this week's Top 5 were claimed by the hits compilation "Now That's What I Call Music! 6" (No. 3), the late Tupac Shakur (No. 4) and rapper Case (No. 5). City High's "What Would You Do" is the nation's best-selling single.