Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" is now the top-selling album by a teenaged female artist, according to the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA's ) August certifications. Spears' Jive debut, now at 6 million units, leapfrogged LeAnn Rimes' 1996 Curb debut "Blue," which stands at 5 million units.
Another top teen group, Backstreet Boys, saw their Jive set "Millennium" reach 7 million units last month, tying it with 'N Sync's RCA debut as the best-selling title of 1999 so far.
Shania Twain's 1997 Mercury Nashville album "Come On Over" arrived at 13 million; the set ties Whitney Houston's 1985 Arista debut as the No. 2 album by a female artist. Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" (Maverick/Sire, 1995) holds the top slot, at 16 million units.
Pearl Jam's 1991 disc "Ten" jumped to the 11 million mark, making the Epic set the top-selling album by an alternative rock act. U2's "The Joshua Tree" (Island) and Nirvana's "Nevermind" (DGC) are both at the 10 million level.
-- Chris Morris, L.A.