EW Staff
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

This year’s Christmas onslaught starts here. Four new albums debut in the pop top 10 this week, led by the soundtrack of Murder Was the Case, an 18-minute ”film” directed by rap auteur Dr. Dre. The album, which includes everyone from Snoop Doggy Dogg to Jodeci, features a hotly anticipated collaboration by Dre and former bandmate Ice Cube. Also charting high is another rap album with street buzz — a solo record by Scarface of the Geto Boys — as well as the latest from progressive rockers Queensrÿche and a hits collection from Bon Jovi. Madonna, whose new album will chart next week, may have more competition than she bargained for.

Last Weeks on Week Pop Albums Chart 1 – Soundtrack Murder Was the Case, Death Row/Interscope 1 2 – Scarface The Diary, Rap-a-lot/Noo Trybe 1 3 – Queensr che Promised Land, EMI 1 4 1 Boyz II Men II, Motown 8 5 4 Offspring Offspring, Epitaph 23 6 2 R.E.M. Monster, Warner Bros. 4 7 3 Eric Clapton From the Cradle, Duck/Reprise 6 8 – Bon Jovi Cross Road, Mercury 1 9 5 Green Day Dookie, Reprise/Warner Bros. 37 10 8 Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club, A&M 34 R&B Albums 1 – Soundtrack Murder Was the Case, Death Row/Interscope 1 2 – Scarface The Diary, Rap-a-lot/Noo Trybe 1 3 3 Barry White The Icon Is Love, A&M 3 4 1 Soundtrack Jason’s Lyric, Mercury 4 5 4 Boyz II Men II, Motown 8 6 2 Anita Baker Rhythm of Love, Elektra 6 7 5 Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony Creepin’ On Ah Come Up, Ruthless/Relativity 18 8 7 Notorious N.I.G. Ready to Die, Bad Boy/Arista 6 9 8 Luther Vandross Songs, Epic 5 10 6 Thug Life, Volume One, Out Da Gutta/Interscope 2 College Albums 1 1 Liz Phair Whip-smart, Matador/Atlantic 6 2 2 R.E.M. Monster, Warner Bros. 5 3 3 Sebadoh Bakesale, Sub Pop 10 4 4 Sugar File Under: Easy Listening, Rykodisc 8 5 5 Dinosaur jr Without a Sound, Sire/Reprise 8 6 7 The Jesus & Mary Chain Stoned & Dethroned, American 9 7 8 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction, Atlantic 8 8 12 Wedding Present Watusi, Island 3 9 6 Luscious Jackson Natural Ingredients, Grand Royal/Capitol 10 10 9 Ween Chocolate and Cheese, Elektra 5

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