UMG Leads Again With The No. 1, 2, 3, & 4 Best-Selling Albums

Santa Monica, California, October 25, 2000 – Universal Music Group (UMG) holds twelve No. 1 positions in various SoundScan charts while also holding the top four consecutive positions in the Top Current Albums chart for week-ending October 22, 2000.

UMG leads the industry in sales with the No. 1 best-selling album in the country, Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and The Hot Dog Flavored Water (Interscope), which debuted at this position. Other No. 1 positions held by Limp Bizkit this week are Albums by Mass Merchants, Albums by Retailers and Top Internet Sales.

No. 1 on both the Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart is Ja Rule’s Rule (Def Jam) No. 1 on the Top R&B Singles chart is Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady (Motown). Diana Krall’s When I Look In Your Eyes (Impulse!) tops the Traditional Jazz Albums chart. Andrea Bocelli’s Verdi (Philips) is No. 1 on both the Traditional Classical and Overall Classical charts. The No. 1 Catalog Album is Godsmack’s self-titled album (Universal). The Baller Blockin’ soundtrack (Cash Money/Universal) is No. 1 on the Top Music Video chart.

In addition to these No. 1 positions, UMG albums also hold the top four consecutive positions of the Top Current Albums chart with Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and The Hot Dog Flavored Water [No.1]; Ja Rule’s Rule [No. 2]; Nelly’s debut album Country Grammar [No. 3] (Universal); and Ludacris’ debut album Back for The First Time [No. 4] (Def Jam).

Also in the Top 20 are 98 Degrees’ Revelation [No. 8] (Universal); 3-Doors Down’s The Better Life [No. 10] (Republic/Universal); Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP [No. 11] (Aftermath/Interscope); Papa Roach’s Infest [No. 18] (DreamWorks); and The Wallflowers’ Breach [No. 19] (Interscope).

“Once again, this week’s success shows the great diversity of the artistry within our company. And with our strong executive team, we look forward to continued success through the upcoming holiday season,” commented Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group.

“Holding this many No. 1 positions is a true testiment to the scope of our music and looking at the albums in the Top 20 is proof of our commitment to artist development. We are proud of the success of our newer artists and all of our Fall releases,” added Jim Urie, President, Universal Music and Video Distribution.

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels A&M Records, Decca Records, Decca Broadway, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Jimmy and Doug’s, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and The Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.