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OUR MISTER BROOKS

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And in this corner: Garth Brooks, beloved country singer and songwriter. And in the other corner: Mariah Carey, beloved New York thrush. Mariah wins the first round; ”Dreamlover,” the first hit from her new album, Music Box, is No. 1 on the pop singles chart. But Garth wins round two, as his new In Pieces hits the top of the pop albums chart in its first week. The popularity contest isn’t over yet, though: Carey’s first-ever concert tour is bound to goose her album sales further. Hold on to your hat, Garth. Pop Albums 1 – Garth Brooks In Pieces, Liberty 1 2 – Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 1 3 1 Billy Joel River of Dreams, Columbia 4 4 3 Blind Melon Blind Melon, Capitol 9 5 2 Soundtrack Sleepless in Seattle, Epic Soundtrax 11 6 4 Janet Jackson janet., Virgin1 6 7 6 Stone Temple pilots Core, Atlantic/AG 37 8 5 Cypress Hill Black Sunday, Ruffhouse/Columbia 7 9 8 UB40 Promises and Lies, Virgin 6 10 7 Soundtrack The Bodyguard, Arista 42

Adult Contemporary Singles 1 1 Billy Joel ”River of Dreams,” Columbia 8 2 2 Tina Turner ”I Don’t Wanna Fight,” Virgin 19 3 4 Mariah Carey ”Dreamlover,” Columbia 6 4 3 Sting ”Fields of Gold,” A&M 16 5 8 Rod Stewart ”Reason to Believe,” Warner Bros. 5 6 7 Celine Dion & Clive Griffin ”When I Fall in Love,” Epic Soundtrax 10 7 5 Michael Jackson ”Will You Be There,” MJJ/Epic Soundtrax 10 8 6 Jon Secada ”I’m Free,” SBK/ERG 14 9 9 Aaron Neville ”Don’t Take Away My Heaven,” A&M 21 10 10 Expose ”I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me),” Arista 30

College Music Albums + 1 1 Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream,Virgin 6 2 2 Juliana Hatfield three Become What You Are, Mammoth/Atlantic 4 3 – Breeders Last Splash, 4AD/Elektra 1 4 5 Urge Overkill Saturation, Geffen 11 5 3 Matthew Sweet Altered Beast, Zoo 7 6 4 Bjork Debut, Elektra 7 7 7 Catherine Wheel Chrome, Fontana/Mercury 7 8 6 Various Artists Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, Thirsty Ear/Chaos/Columbia 7 9 10 U2 Zooropa, Island/PLG 8 10 9 Verve A Storm In Heaven, Vernon Yard 10

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