Thanks for the link to that article, very interesting.
Although I don't think it is accurate in the Fleetwood Mac numbers
excerpted above. Their cd "The Dance" was released in August of 1997
and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #1 on September 6, 1997. The
total sales for that cd are over 5 million so I find it a bit hard to
believe that it sold less than 500k before the end of 1997 not even
counting sales of other albums.
This wouldn't be the first time the NY Times has made up the news.
It is also of note to see that Jon Landau is the chairperson of the
nominating committee. With all of the positive things he has had to
say about WZ it is odd that his name never appears for nomination.