Nine Inch Nails Nail the Top Album Spot

Originally published in Rolling Stone on September 1, 1999

With autumn officially here, it's time for the music industry to start harvesting. That means three new superstar acts debuted in the top ten, and there will be plenty more to follow in coming weeks. This time out, it was Nine Inch Nails' double-CD, The Fragile, coming in at No. 1.

Lead singer Trent Reznor may have waited five years to follow up NIN's platinum record, The Downward Spiral, but fans still remember. The critically acclaimed release, anchored by the modern rock radio hit "We're in This Together," sold 229,000 copies for the week ending Sept. 26, according to SoundScan. Eve's Ruff Ryder's First Lady, last week's No. 1, dropped to No. 5.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Barbara Streisand's latest, Love Like Ours, came in at No. 6, while R&B crooner Brian McKnight's Back at One debuted at No. 7.

But perhaps nobody (other than the Backstreet Boys, of course) should get too comfortable with their place on the charts because next week new records by Garth Brooks, Sting, Method Man with Redman, and Paula Cole, among others, will no doubt shake things up.

Others who made noise last week with new records were Tori Amos and her own double-CD, To Venus & Back (No. 12), wise guy Adam Sandler's Stan & Judy's Kid (No. 16), former Soundgarden lead singer

Transcribed by Keith Duemling

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