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WE MEAT AGAIN

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In 1993, you would think a new album by Prince would soar automatically to the % top, while a comeback attempt by a lumpy ’70s rock star would flop. And you would be incorrect, sir. Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, the 16-years-later sequel to one of rock’s most enduring cult albums, flies into the pop album chart at No. 3. Meanwhile, Prince’s greatest-hits set enters at a far less regal No. 14. Prince does a little better on the R&B chart, where he debuts at No. 6. Even there, he has stiff competition: Toni Braxton has the new No. 1 R&B album, bumping the all-powerful Mariah Carey out of the same slot. Last Weeks on Week Pop albums Chart

1 1 Garth Brooks In Pieces, Liberty 3 2 2 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 3 3 – Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, MCA 1 4 3 Billy Joel River of Dreams, Columbia 6 5 4 Blind Melon Blind Melon, Capitol 11 6 5 Soundtrack Sleepless in Seattle, Epic Soundtrax 13 7 6 Janet Jackson janet., Virgin 18 8 8 Stone Temple Pilots Core, Atlantic/AG 39 9 7 John Mellencamp Human Wheels, Mercury 2 10 10 Cypress Hill Black Sunday, Ruffhouse/Columbia 9

R&B Albums

1 3 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton, LaFace/Arista 10 2 1 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 3 3 2 Scarface Face II Face: The World Is Yours, 6 Rap-A-Lot/Priority 4 4 Babyface For the Cool in You, Epic 5 5 5 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Back to Basics, 4 Warner Bros. 6 – Prince The Hits/The B Sides, 1 Paisley Park/Warner Bros. 7 6 Tony Toni Tone Sons of Soul, Wing/Mercury 13 8 – Earth, Wind & Fire Millennium, Reprise 1 9 7 Janet Jackson janet., Virgin 18 10 8 Cypress Hill Black Sunday, Ruffhouse/Columbia 9

Music Videos 1 1 D.B.G.’Z ”Body Lika M.F.,” Bust It 7 2 36 Too $hort ”I’m a Player,” Jive 2 3 2 Bloods and Crips ”Piru Love,” Pump 4 4 3 Dr. Dre ”Let Me Ride,” Interscope/Atlantic 5 5 6 Meat Loaf ”I’d Do Anything for Love,” MCA 4 6 12 Geto Boys ”Straight Gangsterism,” Rap-A-Lot 5 7 16 Buju Banton ”Make My Day,” Mercury 3 8 8 Wu-Tang Clan ”Method Man,” RCA 3 9 66 Bell Biv Devoe ”Something in Your Eyes,” MCA 2 10 7 SWV ”Downtown,” RCA 8