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Wednesday, March 29, 2000
*Nsync album smashes sales record
Surpassing even the most optimistic projections, *Nsync's new album sold a whopping 2.5 million copies in North America during its first week of release, according to SoundScan.
"No Strings Attached", the boy band's second album, sold 2.4 million copies in the U.S. and another 105,000 copies in Canada.
That performance demolished the previous first-week U.S. sales record set last May by fellow labelmates The Backstreet Boys, who sold 1.1 million copies of "Millennium" out of the gate.
In Canada, *Nsync's first-week sales fell far short of both The Backstreet Boys and record-holder Celine Dion.
Backstreet's "Millennium" sold 191,800 copies in its first week in Canada, more than 85,000 more than *Nsync's "No Strings Attached". Both of those pale next to Dion's 1997 blockbuster, "Let's Talk About Love". That title moved 230,200 copies in its opening week.