Dru Hill's Sisqo displays staying power as a soloist

March 11, 2000|By J.D. Considine

These days, albums tend to make the biggest splash on the Billboard charts in their first week of release. But that hasn't been the case for Baltimore R&B singer Sisqo, whose debut album, "Unleash the Dragon," leaps up to No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 for next week.

When it was released back in November, Sisqo's "Dragon" entered the charts at No. 18, and dropped immediately to No. 33.

But thanks to interest in his naughty-lingerie single, "Thong Song" (currently at No. 16 on the singles chart), sales for the album have risen past the 2 million mark.

Indeed, Sisqo's album saw the greatest increase in sales of any album in the Billboard Top 200, helping it push past the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Kid Rock.

Sisqo, of course, is no stranger to chart success, having started out with the multiplatinum R&B harmony group, Dru Hill.

At the moment, the Baltimore-based group -- responsible for such hits as "Tell Me" and "In My Bed" -- is on hiatus, but Sisqo promises the quartet will reunite after his bandmates release solo albums later this year.

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