Dance CD Sales, Hollywood Reporter
HEADLINE: Mac 'Dance' steps up to No. 1
BYLINE: Marc Pollack
The Mac is back.
Fleetwood Mac's reunion album, "The Dance," two-stepped its way to a No. 1 debut, selling 200,000 units for the week ending Aug. 24, according to SoundScan results obtained Wednesday from label sources.
Reprise Records' "The Dance," which features Fleetwood Mac's most popular and best-known lineup of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie, comprises 13 Fleetwood Mac classics and four new tunes. The band's 1977 "Rumours" album is the No. 3 selling album in U.S. history.
"The great response has to be attributed to the quality of the music," said Howie Klein, president of Reprise. "There are always other factors in rolling out a record like this, but the feeling fans have for this band is incredible. More than any other factor, their music goes right to someone's heart and soul. This release is all about the music, and it impacts people immediately."
The group will embark on an extensive U.S. tour this fall in support of the release that was recorded as an MTV concert special. It kicks off Sept. 17 in Hartford, Conn., and will continue through Nov. 30 in Dallas. The band will hit the Southern California area four times from Oct. 17-24.
"The album is just starting, and we think we can sustain sales what with the events surrounding its release," said Reprise senior vp and general manager Rich Fitzgerald, referring to the high-profile tour, multiple VH1 airings of the 90-minute show, MTV support and a PBS special. "Reorders in the past five days are over 300,000 units, and once word-of-mouth on the album spreads, it is just going to perpetuate sales."
Other mature pop artists, while selling strongly at first, haven't been able to hold chart position. Paul McCartney's latest, "Flaming Pie," debuted at No. 2 this summer on sales of 122,000 units. The album has fallen below the top 100 since.
"('The Dance') is a greatest-hits package done in a refreshing way. It's been re-energized," Klein said, maintaining the group's potential hold on a top-10 position for some time. "It's a celebration of their music, and this is a deep project. We have (strong sales) expectations for this album through the Christmas season and into next year."
"The Dance" outsold its nearest competitor, Puff Daddy & the Family's "No Way Out," by more than 30,000 units. "No Way Out" dropped from No. 1, which it has held for three out of the four weeks it has been in release, on sales of 167,000 units. Last week, the album was scanned 186,000 times.
In addition, Fleetwood Mac has three releases on the Top Pop Catalog Albums, including the No. 1 album, "Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits," which sold 15,000 units in its 134th week. Also on the chart is "Rumours" at No. 7; the band's eponymous release sits at No. 95.
Spice Girls' first release, "Spice," continues to sell, as 115,000 more units were added to its already four-times platinum numbers, vaulting the group back to No. 3. The album sold 120,000 units the previous week, when it landed at No. 4.
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