Pop Goes 1998
The Year in Music
Pop went the music world in 1998 as teens dominated the charts and little girls' hearts. It was also the year that the Titanic rose and Paul Simon's Broadway play Capeman sank faster than the legendary ship. The Spice Girls lost some of their snap as Ginger Spice left the quintet to take on the unlikely role of UN goodwill ambassador, and both Posh Spice and Scary Spice became pregnant. A number of girl groups, such as Cleopatra, All Saints, and Divine, stood waiting in the wings.
While ardor for Hanson cooled, despite the teen trio's efforts to keep excitement high with release of music from their early years (!) called Three Car Garage, and a live album, pre-
What their parents didn't know the little girls understood as they debated the cuteness factor of 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake versus the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter. However, the Backstreet Boys were the clear winners when it came to sales. Their self-titled album sold more than eight million copies, tying it with Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love.