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Backstreet Boys top US annual album charts

The Backstreet Boys' Millennium was the best-selling album in the US last year with the boy band just holding off challenges from rival teenybopper powerhouses Britney Spears and Ricky Martin.

New figures from SoundScan, the US data information company, showed Millennium ending the year just shy of the 10m mark with 9.4 million units sold while Britney's school uniform helped Baby One More Time shift 8.3 million units and Ricky Martin surfed the Latin music wave to sell almost 6 million copies of his eponymous English-singing debut.

The onwards and upwards March of Shania Twain continued unabated, with Come On Over selling another 5.6 million copies last year to take its total sales to over 12 million - making it the second biggest selling album of the 90's behind Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (13.5m sales).

The big surprise in the 1999 was the phenomenal success of veteran Carlos Santana's star-studded Supernatural (guests included Lauryn Hill and Eric Clapton), whose fashionable Latin flavour helped it pick up a host of Grammy nominations and almost 5 million sales.

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